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

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

This is Called Culture: A Review of The Incantations of Daniel Johnston

Beware: I don’t think you should read this. I’m warning you.      No, those aren’t my words. That isn’t the opening statement for my review. Rather, it’s the sole text of the first page to the graphic novel The Incantations of Daniel Johnston, illustrated by Ricardo Cavolo and written by Scott McClanahan. The black text, … More This is Called Culture: A Review of The Incantations of Daniel Johnston

The World’s Sexiest Hobos: A Review of Your Favorite Band is Killing Me by Steven Hyden

As someone who has, sadly enough, never taken a breath in a world with a vitally alive Kurt Cobain, I almost felt like a hypocrite when I first opened Steven Hyden’s latest work, Your Favorite Band is Killing Me. I mostly just wasn’t in the age to consciously and actively experience the many rivalries the … More The World’s Sexiest Hobos: A Review of Your Favorite Band is Killing Me by Steven Hyden

The Binding Power of Music: A Review of Absalom’s Daughters by Suzanne Feldman

We live in a world of contention, so do we need to look back to our past to understand the divides still present today? How has music bridged this divide, and can it still do that today? You might just find the answer to those questions in Suzanne Feldman’s debut novel Absalom’s Daughters, which deals … More The Binding Power of Music: A Review of Absalom’s Daughters by Suzanne Feldman