An Interview with Alison Rose Jefferson

By Brian Tanguay When Alison Rose Jefferson was a graduate student at USC she studied under the late Kevin Starr, probably the best known historian of California. Like Starr’s, Jefferson’s…

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Grove Press Essay by Brian Tanguay I first read Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller thirty years ago. I kept coming across references to Miller in the books I was…

Passing for White

Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom by Ilyon Woo (Simon and Schuster), The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray (Berkeley), “Passing” from…

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent

Scribner Essay by Brian Tanguay When the conservative supermajority of the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June 2022, it overturned a…

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

(milkweed editions) Essay by Brian Tanguay This June and July were two of the hottest months ever recorded. Wildfires in Canada blanketed a swath of the United States in choking…

An Interview with John Holman

John Holman is the author of two memoirs, Pom’s Odyssey and A Horse in My Suitcase (see the In Brief review that follows the interview), which chronicle his boyhood on…

Putting Word to Something for Which There Are No Words: An Interview with Cynthia Hogue

H. L. Hix In this conversation, H. L. Hix asks after poet Cynthia Hogue’s most recent collections, Contain (Tram Editions, 2022) and instead, it is dark (Red Hen, 2023). H.…

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

Riverhead Books Essay by Brian Tanguay This past February marked the fiftieth anniversary of the armed standoff between the US Marshall Service, FBI, and members of the American Indian Movement…

Entangled and Interdependent: An interview with David Anthony Martin, Founder and Editor of Middle Creek Publishing & Audio

By H. L. Hix In this conversation, David Anthony Martin discusses with H. L. Hix the vision of Middle Creek Publishing, the role of small press publications in revitalizing our…

Paul Newman and the Authorial Fallacy

Essay by Walter Cummins I’d always thought of Paul Newman as a pretty cool guy—handsome, talented as an actor, entrepreneurial supporter of the same causes I am, married to a…