To his credit, Colin Asher, the Brooklyn-based author of “Never a Lovely So Real” (a line taken from Algren’s exquisite and ambivalent prose poem “Chicago: City on the Make”) takes on many of the clichés that have accreted around Algren’s work. Asher never forgets how rooted Algren was in the proletarian novel school of the 1930s, and how nourished he was, along with his friend and comrade Richard Wright, by the John Reed Club and other manifestations of the Depression-era Communist Party.
“Bojack Horseman” creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg parlays his Netflix-driven fame to release his stellar first short-story collection, “Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory.”
The loss of Maxwell Street still smarts.
An alluring reflection on the limits of love in the beliefs we hold, and how we hold them.
In a world that has been overtaken by the material, Reich’s book reminds us that each of our lives exist in relation to so many others.
Camonghne Felix debuted this slim collection shortly after working on the campaign of Chicago mayoral hopeful Amara Enyia. After the campaign’s end, Felix joined several of her peers in New York and Chicago by publishing these poems that occupy space. Occupying space is significant.
Reichl’s intuitive mastery of the magazine form could not overcome the transformative tsunami destroying much of the media business, and on her watch, Conde Nast pulled the plug on Gourmet. In her new memoir, she chronicles her decade at the helm, as she learned the trade in a company infamous for its low-tolerance of inexperienced rubes (see “The Devil Wears Prada”), charming her way into the hearts of many of her collaborators and, in other cases, replacing them.
Gray uses the unfettered landscape of poetry to release himself and others from the limitations that aggrieve undocumented immigrants.
“Let us create a poetics that recreates the hamaam, where we can come in our real, naked skin, sit in the water and talk openly.”
Poetry, power and prints in Chicago this April.