- For the Love of Independence On the heels of news that Amazon will be opening a brick-and-mortar bookstore in the Lakeview neighborhood came the responsive outcries from some of Chicago’s remaining beloved independent bookstores. In an already largely monopolized market, it really does seem as if Amazon is out to twist the proverbial knife they’ve long plunged into traditional bookselling. It is therefore a compelling…
- Baking, Love and Female Friendship A fifteen-hour flight requires the right companion—entertaining, thoughtful, witty, at times comforting, but not too demanding and never irritating. “Wedding Girl” by Stacey Ballis proved to be the perfect seat mate on a recent journey from Chicago to Sydney. Judging the book by its cover, one could expect a heteronormative ideal—a saccharin fairytale culminating with white frosting and a bridal…
- Jagged Edges of What Love Wrought: A Review of “I’ll Be Your Mirror” by David Lazar “Let me whisper in your ear. It’s just the two of us. Come on, you can tell me. Or rather, it’s okay, I can tell you. The confession."
- The Limits of Love: A Review of "Life of Ganesh" by Syed Afzal Haider An alluring reflection on the limits of love in the beliefs we hold, and how we hold them.
- Falling in Love with People Every Day: Behind the Outpouring of Support for Volumes Bookcafe Building a community around books at Volumes Bookcafe
- So Easy to Love: Mahogany L. Browne discusses "Black Girl Magic" Poems published in journals today have double work to do. Because the gatekeepers are changing and the landscape is changing and the idea that social status and pedigree holding space for mediocrity is no longer accepted. So yeah, good luck on reading that incredibly tight and creatively dead piece of art—we'll see whose soul it saves.