Blank Pages and Other Stories by Bernard MacLaverty

Review by Walter Cummins Bernard MacLaverty’s latest story collection, his sixth, builds a thematic connection around its title story, “Blank Pages.” Frank, a writer, has been blocked since the death…

Rooting Interests: A Roger Angell Appreciation

By George Yatchisin I can be assured I’ve been reading Roger Angell for nearly 45 years, as my copy of his Five Seasons, is inscribed 1978 and “Merry Christmas” from…

Queer Ducks (and Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal Sexuality by Eliot Schrefer

Review by Walter Cummins Eliot Schrefer’s Queer Ducks is a revolutionary book, one that upends longstanding assumptions about the nature and purpose of sex in the animal kingdom, with implications…

Our Little World by Karen Winn

Review by Walter Cummins Our Little World is in several ways a deceptive novel, cleverly constructed. The opening chapters told from the perspective of pre-teen Bee—the nickname she prefers over…

The Ninth Decade: An Octogenarian’s Chronicle by Carl H. Klaus

Review by George Yatchisin I like to think of Carl Klaus as a journal-ist. No, he didn’t write for newspapers, but his series of nonfiction books all were certainly journals,…

What Do I Know? by Jack Remick

Review by Jack Smith Jack Remick, novelist, poet, and nonfiction writer, arranges his current book according to calendar dates, beginning with January 5 and ending on June 16—or, beginning in…

Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces 2004 to 2021 by Margaret Atwood

Review by Walter Cummins Many readers of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale probably assume the abuses and restrictions inflicted on Offred and other women were products of Atwood’s dystopian imagination.…

Drive My Car, a movie by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, based on a story by Haruki Murakami

Essay by Walter Cummins Creating a three-hour movie based on a short story that takes only 26 minutes to read may sound like an act of folly. But the Japanese…

Free Love by Tessa Hadley

Review by Walter Cummins While pages of Tessa Hadley’s latest novel, Free Love, are filled with sexual activity and, more significantly, sexual gratification, satisfactions of the libido are transitory steps…

To Hell with It: Of Sin and Sex, Chicken Wings, and Dante’s Entirely Ridiculous, Needlessly Guilt-Inducing Inferno by Dinty W. Moore

Review by George Yatchisin If you’ve even wondered why the hell we came up with hell, this is the book for you. Dinty W. Moore knows of hell well, and…