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The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

In a passage about how a pupil of Eileen Myles describes her teaching method as "throwing a pizza at us", and Nelson's response being, "you should be so lucky to get a pizza in the face from Eileen Myles", makes me believe we should be so lucky to get a book in the face from Maggie Nelson.
What I like most about Nelson's topographic exploration into the nuances of gender and sexual identities is how candid and human she makes every page feel. Joys and pains between her romantic and maternal relationships are underlined by acknowledgements of her own self doubts and triumphs, no matter how fleeting.
Like its author, the Argonauts is too smart to be tied down to any one category of thought or genre, instead you might call it an experience, and you should, it's a blistering experience, one I plan to consume over and over. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781839764011
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Published: Verso Fiction - September 7th, 2021

A wayward summer of kicks, kinks, and making rent occupy the time of two sister-like friends fresh off the plane from London; Granados pens a modern epistolary novel with charm, and keen observation; an ounce of La Bohème, a splash of Gatsby glitz and some Ottessa Moshfegh for garnish—in Happy Hour, Marlowe Granados mixes one damn fine summer cocktail. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel by Sally Rooney - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374602604
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 7th, 2021

"So of course in the midst of everything, the state of the world being what it is, humanity on the cusp of extinction, here I am writing another email about sex and friendship. What else is there to live for?"
In her third authorial outing, Rooney manages a more adult world with a wider cast of characters, all delivering a narrative that might resemble her developing world view, post-fame, as well as building on themes and characterization from her previous two novels. It doesn't have the beautiful, near-perfect ending of her debut, but the book as a whole is well structured and satisfying. The characters talk more philosophy and politics, but Rooney manages to keep her feet fixed on the ground, especially with a heightened, more poetic language sprinkled throughout this larger book. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Destroy, She Said (Duras) by Marguerite Duras - Book Review

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By Marguerite Duras, Barbara Bray (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780802151544
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Published: Grove Press - January 18th, 1994

Madness and melancholy await a small group of "friends" who stalk another at a sleepy, limbo-like resort, their strange desire to bring her into their group, for reasons unknown, leaves you just as manically enticed as bewildered. In sheer Duras fashion, the reader is left to surmise the goings on whilst slowly becoming a part of whatever psyco-fever has plagued the guests. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


The Malady of Death (Duras) by Marguerite Duras - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802130365
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Published: Grove Press - January 13th, 1994

Duras's dark delirious dream into the male/female relationship is a short, stunning read. Probing and at times mysterious, Malady is a fleeting, poetic tale about the human capacity to love. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781643751559
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 20th, 2021

Enriched in detail, lush with characterization, Mozley hits it out of the park again. A tale as haunting as her debut, even without a traditional gothic setting. And a soul-stirring ending I won't soon forget. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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