Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, television, film, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.
Columbia University Press
A powerfully relevant study about an iconoclastic Black thinker and poet who was dedicated to economic reform as well as the eradication of racism.
The book’s conceit is that D.A. Miller watches films he’s seen earlier in life with enhanced perception because of the possibilities offered him through the DVD lens.
One of the masterpieces of Russian drama is done justice in a English version that successfully captures much of the wit and fluency of the original.
Klotsvog ends up being a fascinating literary failure. Good for academics, but bad for readers.
This memoir offers an invaluable, broad look at intellectual Russia before and after the revolutions of 1917.
Here, then, are two books that provide a fine literary introduction to one of the richest flowerings of poetry in European culture.
There was an entire “New York School” that the punks were inspired by and a part of, whether they always wanted to be or not.
Rapture is a worthwhile curio that grapples, entertainingly, with Modernism’s artistic, structural, and revolutionary quandaries.
Maybe finally we’re reaching the Natsume Sōseki moment in the English-speaking world.