Author: Jeff Alford

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Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

★★★★☆ With Little Weirds, actress and comedian Jenny Slate has created an inspiring manifesto for wayward young adulthood. A beautifully written, introspective search for meaning and self-actualization, Little Weirds is presented as a collection...

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The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

★★★☆☆ In Speech and Debate competitions, there’s a technique used by debaters known as “the spread.” Instead of offering a pointed rebuttal to their opponent’s latest argument, a debater will attempt to overload the...

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Rusty Brown by Chris Ware

★★★★☆ It’s not fair, but one expects perfection from Chris Ware. Author of Jimmy Corrigan, Building Stories, and the recent Monograph, he is one of the most celebrated living cartoonists. Ware transformed the literary...

Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh 0

Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh

★★☆☆☆ With his Ibis Trilogy, published between 2008 and 2015, Amitav Ghosh proved himself an estimable literary force: framed around the Opium Wars of the mid 1800s and set in Calcutta, Mauritius, and Hong...

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie 0

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

★★★★★ Consider it Patient Zero, or Pandora’s Box: all of Western Literature can arguably be traced back to Cervantes’s 1605/1615 masterpiece Don Quixote. A picaresque novel about a mad knight errant and his squire...

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Inland by Téa Obreht

★★★★☆ A curiously timely novel set around an Arizona homestead in the late 1890s, Téa Obreht’s excellent Inland finds a vein of magical realism in the reliably fruitful ores of Western Literature. When Nora’s...