‘New York 1, Tel Aviv 0’ by Shelly Oria

“[…] the book’s main draw is the Oria’s uncanny ability to create rich, fully realized characters in the span of just a few pages, and to do so in a way that demonstrates her grasp of an impressive range of styles, genres, and structures.”… read more

‘Wonderland’ by Stacey D’Erasmo

“[…]D’Erasmo does a rare thing with Wonderland: she combines the delightful worlds of literature and music while bringing out the best in both mediums.”… read more

‘Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris’ by Edmund White

“[…] this book is more than just a love letter to a city (the title comes from a declaration White once made to an American who complained about Paris: ‘I like it. To me it seems so calm after New York. As if I’d already died and gone to heaven. It’s like living inside a pearl.’), but to the people who made up his experiences there.”… read more

‘My 1980s and Other Essays’ by Wayne Koestenbaum

My 1980s and Other Essays is an incredibly timely hodge-podge of prose that expertly blends nostalgia-free self-reflections, reluctant bits of advice, and breathless love letters to idols literary, artistic, and musical[…]… read more

'The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart' by Filip Noterdaeme

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit that I was fully prepared to strongly dislike Filip Noterdaeme’s new book, The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart (Outpost19). The premise—the establishment-thwarting artist recounts the life story of his cabaret-performer lover and partner that employs “unique syntax punctuation and capitalization… in meticulous homage” of Gertrude… read more