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…

A Conversation with Bill Lascher

Bill Lascher is the author of Eve of a Hundred Midnights, an account set in the early days of World War II, and his journalism has appeared in a wide…

A Conversation between David Starkey and Brian Tanguay

The following is a conversation between California Review of Books co-editors David Starkey and Brian Tanguay. David Starkey: It’s been a couple of years now since we started the California…

The Magician by Colm Tóbín

Review by David Starkey We are clearly meant to sympathize with Thomas Mann, the title character of Colm Tóbín’s novel The Magician. A gay youth trapped in an uptight heterosexual…

Fire Island: A Century in the Life of an American Paradise by Jack Parlett

Review Essay by Walter Cummins Jack Parlett made his initial visit to the gay village of Cherry Grove on Fire Island in 2017 with his friend Celine by walking a…

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…

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…