Review

M.C. Armstrong

Zero K
by Don DeLillo
Simon & Schuster Trade (2017), 288 pages 

 

M.C. Armstrong

The Art of Revolt
by Geoffroy de Lagasnerie
Stanford University Press (2017), 128 pages

 

Paula Halperin

In one of the countless revealing scenes of Lucrecia Martel’s fourth film, Don Diego de Zama (a brilliant Daniel Giménez Cacho), the Spanish corregidor stuck in a northeast province in the Rio de la Plata Viceroyalty around the end of the 18th century, finds a group of female Guaraní Indians and their children. A two or three-year-old boy screams ferociously and crawls in circles, like a little lost animal. Don Diego approaches the young woman, who seems to be the boy’s mother, and asks, is he my son? She barely looks at him and nods.   

Bridey Heing

There are moments in Stephen Moles’ The Most Wretched Thing Imaginable: Or Beneath the Burnt Umbrella where you can begin to see it coming together. A sequence of paragraphs begin to flow in a logical order that you can follow, or a name repeats enough times that it sticks in your mind, or a theme recurs in a way that suggests a plot. But those moments are few and far between, and most of the book is little more than nonsense.

Eric Anthamatten

Chancers: One Couple's Memoir
by Graham MacIndoe and Susan Stellin
Ballantine (2016), 448 pages

Chance. Luck. Choice. We take chances. We have luck. We make choices.

As a photographer, Graham MacIndoe chose—subjects, frames, aperture settings, negatives to be printed.

As a writer, Susan Stellin chose—subjects, sentences, adjectives, edits to be published.

They both took chances with their creations, their careers, and each other.

Corrie Hulse

A Journey to the Dark Heart of Nameless Unspeakable Evil
by Jane Bussman
Nortia Press (2014), 328 pages

 

Benjamin Dean

Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single Superpower World
by Tom Engelhardt
Haymarket Books (2014), 174 pages

 

Dewaine Farria

Vishwas R. Gaitonde
Dami Ajayi

Fela: Kalakuta Notes (Second Edition)
by John Collins
Wesleyan University Press (2015), 326 pages

 

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, arguably Africa’s greatest musician, has a place in the pantheon of African thought leaders of the 20th century, along with the likes of Frantz Fanon, Marcus Garvey and Nelson Mandela. Eighteen years after his death, his life continues to be a focus of intellectual discussion, his music remains an edifying staple, and every few years a new book about his life surfaces.

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