Lost Records and Impossible Tasks: A Review of Old Records Never Die by Eric Spitznagel

How do you begin to relate to a book with such an insane premise as one man’s journey to find the records he sold decades prior? Surprisingly easy, even if you are like me, a woman in her 20s. Old Records Never Die:One Man’s Quest for His Vinyl and His Past by Eric Spitznagel seems to … More Lost Records and Impossible Tasks: A Review of Old Records Never Die by Eric Spitznagel

Weird Flowers and Unfamiliar Melodies: A Book Review of Uproot by Jace Clayton

Spotify subscriptions, spontaneous and exclusive album releases, dust-covered CDs in the cellar, people and things traveling more distance in less time: I think it is safe to say that we live in a world that seems to be very fast-tracked and often leaves people with a sense of disorientation, and even perplexity. Now, imagine how … More Weird Flowers and Unfamiliar Melodies: A Book Review of Uproot by Jace Clayton

We’re Not Here to Fuck the Band, We Are the Band: A Review of Jovana Babovic’s 33 1/3 on Dig Me Out

The thing about Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 books is that they are a lot like the vinyl records they are named after– you don’t know what the quality is going to be like from one press to the next. Sure, when you find a label that you love, you generally go back to it for more … More We’re Not Here to Fuck the Band, We Are the Band: A Review of Jovana Babovic’s 33 1/3 on Dig Me Out

How the Sound of Words Influence Meaning: A Book Review of Grasshoppers Before Gods by Karla Cordero

When I think of Grasshoppers Before Gods by Karla Cordero, I am reminded of Gloria Anzaldua’s  Borderlands: La Frontera. I am reminded of Lizz Huerta’s mesmerizing prose when, from “I Succubus,” she enchants, “Even when they think they aren’t, men love to reenact conquest on bodies like mine. Bodies like mine have been taken for … More How the Sound of Words Influence Meaning: A Book Review of Grasshoppers Before Gods by Karla Cordero

In Praise of Strength: A Review of Ellen Bass Reading at San Diego State University

In the first line of Ellen Bass’ poem “Relax,” she prophesizes, “Bad things are going to happen.” Let’s just say it hasn’t been the best month. Personally, I can speak to that on many levels, and I’m sure you can too. Regardless of the pain and suffering we all endure through the everyday grind of … More In Praise of Strength: A Review of Ellen Bass Reading at San Diego State University

Violence, Music, and Love: A review of Ocean Vuong’s “Night Sky with Exit Wounds”

“An American soldier fucked a Vietnamese farmgirl. Thus my mother exists. Thus I exist. Thus no bombs = no family = no me.” In these lines from the poem “Notebook Fragments”, Ocean Vuong succinctly lays out a central idea that he grapples with over and over in his debut full-length collection Night Sky with Exit … More Violence, Music, and Love: A review of Ocean Vuong’s “Night Sky with Exit Wounds”

The B Side Poems: A Review of Blue Laws by Kevin Young

With over nine collections of poetry, Kevin Young is by far one of the most instrumental poets of our time. He is instrumental because of his musical attention to poetry. Lucille Clifton describes the Harvard graduate’s earliest collection Most Way Home (2005) as, “an inner history which is compelling and authentic and American.” His collection To Repel … More The B Side Poems: A Review of Blue Laws by Kevin Young

A House of Legacy, Any Way You Can: A Review of The Bricks That Built the Houses

“In seven days he turns twenty-seven. That’s the age that rock stars die at. If he died at twenty-seven, he would leave nothing behind him. No legacy. Nothing of note. Nothing to separate him in any way from the countless other bodies that he’s spent his life amongst.” In many ways, Kate Tempest’s novel The … More A House of Legacy, Any Way You Can: A Review of The Bricks That Built the Houses

Blood At The Root: A Review of A Play Produced By the SDSU School of Theatre, Television & Film

From the very first moment the guests walked into the Experimental Theatre of San Diego State University, everyone knew that the following performance would be closely connected to music. While finding their seats, the audience was greeted with various hip hop and R&B songs to get them in the mood (which visibly worked well) for … More Blood At The Root: A Review of A Play Produced By the SDSU School of Theatre, Television & Film