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Literature and Art We Love



Last year, Andrew Houwen and Chikako Nihei brought us the first English-language collection of Tarō Naka’s poetry: Music. True to its name, the collection centers on rhythm, tonality, and sonic meaning. Come for Naka’s poems, stay for his statement on poetics. Also, check out Old Pal contributor Darcie Dennigan’s new collection, The Parking Lot — museums, missing children, feral animals, all the gorgeous surreal you’d want.


Floating In The Space Between by Terrance Hayes; Moby Dick by Herman Melville; Heavy by Kiese Laymon; Lana Turner Journal; the poetry of Charles Olson (Maximus Poems or The Distances); The Master Letters or Stay, Illusion by Lucie Brock-Broido; the work of photographer/artist Moyra Davey and Commune Magazine.  Also: Victoria beer, all the bananas & Tony's Chocolate :)


Short story: Alice Sola Kim’s “Now Wait for This Week.” New fantasy: Marlon James’s Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Old scifi: Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's Roadside Picnic, and, its companion, Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker (1979). Translation: Emily Wilson’s translation of Homer’s The Odyssey. Music: Sea Moss, a local duo providing electronic experimental punk noise experiences.

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