Between Black and White: Review of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Ashumi Shah Under Review: The Vanishing Half. Brit Bennett. Riverhead Books, 2020. In the sociological sense, “passing” is a deceptively simple term for a complex concept. Passing—the ability of an individual to be regarded as a member of an identity group or category … Continue reading Between Black and White: Review of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Detecting Agency and Ethics: Review of Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood Marisa Mercurio Under Review: Fortune Favors the Dead. Stephen Spotswood. Doubleday, 2020. Amid calls for police abolition and budget cuts, scrutiny of American crime media—a genre inspired by police detectives—has yielded further reflections on law enforcement’s pervasiveness within our society. Literary depictions … Continue reading Detecting Agency and Ethics: Review of Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood
Cold War Dragons and Everyday Magic: Review of Burn by Patrick Ness Ibtisam Ahmed Under Review: Burn. Patrick Ness. Quill Tree Books, 2020. At its best, speculative fiction is a wonderfully paradoxical genre. Amidst the vibrant worldbuilding and lore lies an ability to poignantly reflect on issues pertaining to the real world. So, when I … Continue reading Cold War Dragons and Everyday Magic: Review of Burn by Patrick Ness
Fashioning a Queer Fairy Tale: Review of The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen Marisa Mercurio Under Review: The Dragon of Ynys. Minerva Cerridwen. Atthis Arts, 2022. Fairy tales don’t age. They belong to an elusive other world in which time moves out of pace with our own. There, the woods still gobble up children … Continue reading Fashioning a Queer Fairy Tale: Review of The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen
The Unbuilding Complete: Review of Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow's Architecture edited by Attlee, Harper, and Smith Amy Butt Under Review: Edwina Attlee, Phineas Harper, and Maria Smith, editors. Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow's Architecture. The Architecture Foundation, 2019 Architecture is experiencing an existential crisis. As a design practice, architecture has always been driven by … Continue reading The Unbuilding Complete: Review of Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow’s Architecture edited by Attlee, Harper, and Smith
Marisa Mercurio reviews Tom Ryan's queer YA detective novel I Hope You're Listening: "Thoroughly YA, the thrills are fast-paced, gratifying, and easy to track; it is a book particularly suitable for a gripping weekend escape."
Whose “Bro” Is It Anyway? Review of Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley Samira Nadkarni Under Review: Beowulf: A New Translation. Translated by Maria Dahvana Headley. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020. Author’s note: Warnings on this review for discussions of gendered violence, transphobic language, and racism. My thanks to Erin Horáková and Sean … Continue reading Whose “Bro” Is It Anyway? Review of Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley