Alternative Facts

Review of The Sellout by Paul Beatty (USA: Picador, 2016) by Angus Whitehead   I was initially cynical of the deluge of praise for Paul Beatty’s Booker Prize-winning novel. NPR.org, for instance, described The Sellout as possibly “the first truly

Alternative Facts

Review of The Sellout by Paul Beatty (USA: Picador, 2016) by Angus Whitehead   I was initially cynical of the deluge of praise for Paul Beatty’s Booker Prize-winning novel. NPR.org, for instance, described The Sellout as possibly “the first truly

Cut Lotus Root

Review of Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan by Wena Poon (CreateSpace, 2016) by Eric Norris Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan is a compellingly and compulsively readable family saga that spans the long and terrible 20th century:

Cut Lotus Root

Review of Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan by Wena Poon (CreateSpace, 2016) by Eric Norris Chang’an: a Story of China & Japan is a compellingly and compulsively readable family saga that spans the long and terrible 20th century:

“If you go deep enough…”

Review of Philip Holden’s Heaven Has Eyes (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016) by Stewart Dorward   Heaven Has Eyes is a first work of fiction by Philip Holden, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National

“If you go deep enough…”

Review of Philip Holden’s Heaven Has Eyes (Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016) by Stewart Dorward   Heaven Has Eyes is a first work of fiction by Philip Holden, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National

How to Build an American Home

Review of Jennifer S. Cheng’s House A (USA: Omnidawn, 2016) by Tse Hao Guang   Jennifer S. Cheng’s debut collection of poems House A draws power from repetition, like waves or the stacking of bricks. It’s torn between wanting to

How to Build an American Home

Review of Jennifer S. Cheng’s House A (USA: Omnidawn, 2016) by Tse Hao Guang   Jennifer S. Cheng’s debut collection of poems House A draws power from repetition, like waves or the stacking of bricks. It’s torn between wanting to

The Writer as Historian

The Writer as Historian: Written Country as Historiography by P. J. Thum   In the introduction of Written Country (Singapore: Landmark Books, 2016), editor Gwee Li Sui sets up his central premise: the writer as historian and literature as historical

The Writer as Historian

The Writer as Historian: Written Country as Historiography by P. J. Thum   In the introduction of Written Country (Singapore: Landmark Books, 2016), editor Gwee Li Sui sets up his central premise: the writer as historian and literature as historical

New Contact Lenses

Review of Sohrab Homi Fracis’ Go Home (L.A., U.S.A.: Knut House Press, 2016) by Cyril Wong   Political correctness in the United States can be said to be reaching an impasse. Not too long ago, a prominent black American gentleman

New Contact Lenses

Review of Sohrab Homi Fracis’ Go Home (L.A., U.S.A.: Knut House Press, 2016) by Cyril Wong   Political correctness in the United States can be said to be reaching an impasse. Not too long ago, a prominent black American gentleman

That Which Flashes ‘Upon That Inward Eye’

Review of Greg Hewett’s Blindsight (USA: Coffee House Press, 2016) by Ian Tan     Earth, isn’t this what you want: to arise within us, invisible? Isn’t it your dream to be wholly invisible someday?—O Earth: invisible! What, if not

That Which Flashes ‘Upon That Inward Eye’

Review of Greg Hewett’s Blindsight (USA: Coffee House Press, 2016) by Ian Tan     Earth, isn’t this what you want: to arise within us, invisible? Isn’t it your dream to be wholly invisible someday?—O Earth: invisible! What, if not