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Guidebooks for the Dead by Cynthia Cruz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781945588440
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Published: Four Way Books - March 2nd, 2020

Cruz continues to flesh out her own portrait in a series of poems and poem cycles recalling her kinship with writers and poets of yesteryear, in sharp conservative lines Cruz paints their woes in life and death. These moving poems invoke stellar, yet haunting images of Duras, Lispector, and Bachmann, among others, as she takes a page from Dante, writing herself into their "parade of wrong voices". - Pomegranate Alex Bell


Create Dangerously: The Power and Responsibility of the Artist by Albert Camus - Book Review

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By Albert Camus, Sandra Smith (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781984897381
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Published: Vintage - October 29th, 2019

Poignant and feverishly incisive, this speech Camus gave in the late fifties is easily worth three or four reads while you fiendishly highlight and write in the margins. For anyone questioning the validity of art in our hyper-polarized culture, wondering if they’re wasting their time painting or writing when they should be outside engaged in socio-political protest, Camus’s answer is on the contrary. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Luster: A Novel by Raven Leilani - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

I was quite captivated by Leilani’s impulsive debut novel that shifts frequently in tone, from light and joyous to raw and sometimes grotesque as it juggles authentic portraits of race and poverty relations, in ways that speak like sharp steel to the American consciousness. Anyone searching for a contemporary voice in this field best look no further. Leilani’s voice is as sleek as advertised. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780618918249
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Published: Mariner Books - January 16th, 2008

Curious about the world through the eyes of an atheist? Read this book. From fundamental thoughts to scientific inquiries about the true nature of life and reality, this is a thrilling read for both the religious and the irreligious. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Correspondence (The German List) by Paul Celan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780857426420
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Published: Seagull Books - November 15th, 2019

Love and grief bound up in a series of letters between the famous German poets, Bachmann and Celan, detailing the passions and turmoils of their affair. An engaging page-turner that glimmers with the wide canvas of ardure, and what it's like to carry on when love can never be fully realized. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann - Book Review

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By Ingeborg Bachmann, Philip Boehm (Translated by), Rachel Kushner (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780811228725
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Published: New Directions - June 25th, 2019

Malina is life! Organic and visceral, Bachman paints a shattered portrait of an unnamed woman, and in reading this, I fell in love and became lost myself, as the narrator does, in the personas of this book. Mostly lost in the western world, Malina holds up to the greatest works in our western cannon. It's a dazzling spectacle of female identity that transcends gender constraints to become a truly sublime piece of fiction. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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