Category Archives: Harper Perennial Reviews

The Gospel of Anarchy by Justin Taylor

What would Anarchy look like if we simply started calling it Faith? To the best of my knowledge they haven’t yet been labeled. “They” are Justin Taylor, Joshua Cohen, Blake Butler, Mike Young, Zachary German, Tao Lin, Stephen Elliott, and … Continue reading

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Great Philosophers Who Failed At Love by Andrew Shaffer

Andrew Shaffer’s Great Philosophers Who Failed At Love is a sweet little book, and one I’ve been anticipating with some excitement ever since I read its attention-grabbing title. An anecdotal history of mankind’s biggest brains being stumped by affairs of … Continue reading

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Three Delays by Charlie Smith

Critics generally agree that Charlie Smith’s Three Delays is remarkable for its sentence-level successes. (One noteworthy writer, Rick Moody, was particularly enthusiastic in his praise for Three Delays.) It shares a fair bit with Hating Olivia: A Love Story by … Continue reading

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The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter

I’ve been listening to a lot of Marc Maron’s podcast, WTF, lately. Each episode is a nice probing of the comic impulse, usually recognizing its sadness. Maron talks about his myriad insecurities, his failed relationships, his neediness. His humor is a … Continue reading

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Smothered In Hugs: Essays, Interviews, Feedback, and Obituaries by Dennis Cooper

I don’t know what to say about Smothered In Hugs, other than, that if you have any interest whatsoever in 80s/90s/post-millenial pop or alt culture you owe it to yourself to become acquainted with Dennis Cooper’s criticism. Even if you … Continue reading

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“IT WAS OVER. I WAS ALIVE.” — A Review of Hating Olivia: A Love Story by Mark SaFranko

[I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Hating Olivia: A Love Story by Mark SaFranko, who may be one of the best and most prolific writers you haven’t yet heard of. Hating Olivia, which will be released soon … Continue reading

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“THE CITY WAS CRYING.” — A Review of Sick City by Tony O’Neill

I’ve lived a tame life free from hard drugs. I’d have trouble identifying what crack in its natural form even looks like. A rock, I suppose. Because of my tame (okay, “boring”) life, I’ve had an aversion to reading what … Continue reading

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