This book is bonkers good. Imagine the edge most contemporary poets try hard to force not sounding contrived and hyperbolic. Imagine then what the emotive quality might actually be if one poet allowed the reader in with true courage. Conrad is notoriously brave, always 100% themselves, and clearly an outlier genius in modern American poetry. Famous for their somatic exercises, Conrad delivers a truly bright and bewildering collection.
This autobiographical manga really rocked my sh*t. Honest, devastating, beautiful - this book explores isolation, depression, self-discovery, acceptance. This is manga that really enhances and elevates the medium. Perfect for people who haven't really taken time out of their reading life for this kind of thing. This book makes you feel like inside you a ball of light might exist and you can be a free person maybe because an entirity you owe yourself is not fictional. I hope one day you feel like bursting open <3
Pope Francis, who took his name from a saint I imagine as an older-school Walt Whitman, is the first non-European (first Latin American) Pope in 1200 years. He delivers to us an encyclical that challenges the nonsecular and widens a spiritual discourse to include scientific rationale, the effects climate change has on poor and developing nations, and a call to action that extends beyond the ethos of any one faith. This encyclical read to me more like a manifesto, and, with a very human and emotive quality, has potential to speak to believers and nonbelievers alike.
So good, so important.
Whether a newcomer to history of this war or revisiting the stories, this compendium of research and oral histories will help the reader humanize just about everyone involved . Unbelievably moving accounts of people who were actually there, the echoes of their experience throughout the rest of their lives, and a pretty frightening look at the momentum of war. This entire project (the film, book, and, soon, audiobook) seeks to subvert the erasure of wartime atrocities and politics. To make visible again our involvement and why, with close looks at leaders and political movements, it took so long for us to end the occupation.
Etel Adnan is my hero, a genius, so talented, multi-gifted, a philosopher, an artist, queer, a poet, a novelist. But so much more than any one of these things, she is (for real) timeless. Night is accessible but not reductive, ecological, complex - and volumes better than some of the 'best seller' poetry you see on display on Instagram. The beauty inside this is unpretentious, delivered with the unmistakable inertia of contemplations on mortality. This was SUCH a breath of fresh air. Her wiki page says she lives in Sausalito and Paris (are you kidding me?). Oh yeah, she's 93.
Gina Wynbrandt's debut graphic novel is a refreshing and wry look at sexual frustration, shot through with American pop-culture erudition.
This josei (for women) manga follows a group of NEET (not in education, employment or training) women living in an apartment complex that is being threatened by commercial development (sound familiar?). Complete nerdom, cross-dressing, social anxiety, the loathing of attractive people, jellyfish, and love. What more could you ask for? This award winning series is just about perfect.
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Considered the 'Game of Thrones' of space (but I like it more). Taking place in the near future, in a colonized solar system, political factions are at odds, complicated notions of identity fuel this epic space opera - the story is compelling, the problems facing the characters feel real, but the context of everything remains speculative, fantastic - a band of heroes, anti-heroes, thugs, corporate control - and long, great, vast distances.