A Life in Hand: Tranströmer’s Brief, Resounding Memoir

The size of Tomas Tranströmer’s poetic memoir is initially striking: a book the size of a hand distinguished itself amongst the others at the local bookstore. Then a sticker: “2011 Nobel Prize Winner.” Sold. One could read a Nobel Laureate’s autobiographical montage without spilling out hours necessary for other classics. Maybe in a day. The… Read More A Life in Hand: Tranströmer’s Brief, Resounding Memoir

The Power of Our Wants: Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Vikings repillaging a town. Child molestation at a traveling fair. A fraternal feud at its culmination. Wells Tower’s eccentric collection of nine stories comprises what it means to be human and flawed in our relationships, romantic or not. Laced with crisp aphorisms and provocative analogies, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned (2009) cements Tower as a master… Read More The Power of Our Wants: Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Pulphead: Essays from the B-Side

“Do you know I and I?” –Bunny Wailer A good essayist has a knack for honesty, but John Jeremiah Sullivan, American magazine writer, concentrates honesty in its purest form, mixed with a little entropy and dashed with brilliant confessional writing. To say that the good essayist is daring, would not be doing Sullivan’s brazenness justice.… Read More Pulphead: Essays from the B-Side