Departments

Review

Hey, Marfa

Graywolf Press, 2018. $20, 160 pages. Hey, Marfa—poetry as scrapbook, diary, and visionary performance—is such a patchwork, it’s hard to know where to begin. Jeffrey Yang first went to Marfa to Continue reading

Review

Silence

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. $27, 320 pages. The ideal way to read Jane Brox’s books, which consider human interaction with the environment over long stretches of time, is during some kind Continue reading

Review

Underland

W. W. Norton & Company, 2019. $27.95, 384 pages. UNDERGROUND is a direction is Cartesian space. Underworld is a domain of myth. Underland is an actual, breathable place below Earth’s surface, Continue reading

Review

The Last Whalers

Little, Brown & Company, 2019. $15.99, 368 pages. Consider the experience of sitting in a darkened theater to watch a show, where the artistry on stage cooks up a bit of Continue reading

Lay of the Land

Cosmic Fruit

COLD STRAWBERRY soup stimulates honeymooners. So goes the thought in rural France. Medieval botanists believed that strawberries, being many-seeded, aided fertility. Both Venus and Freyja, Roman and Norse goddesses of love, Continue reading