EVIE SHOCKLEY is the author of two books of poetry--most recently, the new black, winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry--and a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. Her poetry and essays appear widely in journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2015 and Best American Experimental Writing 2015. Currently serving as creative editor on the Feminist Studies editorial collective, Shockley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
Emma Cline’s The GuestBy Madeleine Crum
JUNE 2023 | Books
Everything in Emma Clines latest novel The Guest is so green. The impression of trees outside the open window of a sports car, traveling from private property to private property.The shrubs on the dunes. The pastel gelato. The soup. The tint of a womans expensive-looking sunglasses, their designers name kept hidden. The lawns, the lawns, the lawns.
18. 1988/2019 and various times in between, EnglandBy Raphael Rubinstein
SEPT 2022 | The Miraculous
Asked by a music writer at what point did he realize his band was going to be a success, a singer songwriter says that he knew instantly. "There were lots and lots of people ready to identify with what I was feeling. Hatred! Hating everything, but not being offensively hateful (chuckle). It was like hate from quite gentle people." After the band breaks up, he titles his first solo album Viva Hate. At first this seems like an extension of his famously combative personality, but in the years that follow, as he makes frequent anti-immigrant remarks, repeatedly criticizes those who speak out against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and, during a performance on the Tonight Show, sports the logo of a notorious far-right political party, more and more of his fans (or, as they now have to think of themselves, ex-fans) conclude that the kind of hate he espouses has morphed from post-adolescent angst into pure cruelty. In short, its no longer charming.
Judo and Balance and ImbalanceBy Jen C. George
APRIL 2023 | Dance
Promotional materials for the NYC premiere of Bereishit Dance of Koreas Judo and Balance and Imbalance at NYU Skirball depict the themes for these works as expansive, nearly to the point of meaninglessness: street dance, martial arts, opposition and harmony in relationships, sports, and the transcendence of violent urges.
Aaron Baker’s The Baseball FilmBy Laura Valenza
FEB 2022 | Film
The Baseball Film is as much about the history of film as it is about the history of Major League Baseball. Baker weaves together conversations in sports and film to create a critical guidebook that surveys the work done on baseball in both film studies and historical studies of the sport.