Rebecca Solnit and the Importance of the Unknown

Nonfiction

Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost covers vast swaths of intellectual territory, and while short – my edition clocks in just over two hundred pages – it’s a profound read, a meandering wonderland rich in vivid idiolect and cultural references only Solnit herself can produce.  Solnit, who weaves autobiographical narratives into the manuscript, invites readers to think about art, desire, and the unknown against the sublime conceptual backdrop of getting lost.

Alexander Weinstein’s New [But Incredibly Familiar] Dystopian World

Fiction, Literary Essays

Set in a not-so-distant future besmirched by runaway technology and the illusion of intimacy as a commodity one can purchase, Alexander Weinstein’s widely-acclaimed short story collection Children of the New World is an intense reading experience not for the feint of heart.  While the prose is both lyrical and simple, the dystopian subject matter explores the many ways that our fears about technology can – and will – come to fruition.  

Carina Chocano and the Complexities of Cinematic Womanhood

Literary Essays, Nonfiction

Carina Chocano’s zeitgeisty new essay collection, You Play The Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, and Other Mixed Messages, is one of 2017’s must-read nonfiction works.  Featuring twenty thought-provoking essays on topics as diverse as Disney’s FrozenPlayboy, and robotic sex dolls, Chocano’s exquisitely written and impassioned collection is perfect for anyone who might be wondering: “how did we come so close to having our first female president even though The Bachelor remains one of network television’s highest-rated programs?”