Attention Span – Simon Schuchat
Tony Towle | Winter Journey | Hanging Loose | 2008
The romantic temperment, tempered by time, cool and classical.
James Church | Corpse in the Koryo | St Martins | 2007
North Korean detective Inspector O solves the mysteries of the universe.
Jack Spicer | My Vocabulary Did this to me | Wesleyan | 2008
All of me, why not take all of me!
Paul Clark | The Chinese Cultural Revolution: A History | Cambridge | 2008
An account, not of the politics, but of the culture—how those model operas were collectively created, what happened to painting, what about the movies—sympathetic and brilliant.
August Kleinzahler | Sleeping it off in Rapid City: Poems, New and Selected | FSG | 2008
The tough guy, a guilty pleasure.
Susan Naquin | Peking: Temples and City Life, 1400-1900 | California | 2000
A beautiful, granular history of the celestial capital when it was still itself, from the Yongle Emperor to the Boxers.
Benjamin Friedlander | The Missing Occasion of Saying Yes | Subpress | 2007
Lovely music of what happens, gracefully.
Alice Notley | In the Pines | Penguin | 2007
The American sound, clear and chill—need I explain?
Stephen Owen | The Late Tang: Poetry of the mid-9th century | Harvard East Asian Monographs | 2007
Belated companion to his high Tang masterwork, fully its equal—what you need on Li Shangyin, Du Mu, Bo Juyi, and the milieu.
Der Nister | The Family Mashber | New York Review Books Classics | 2008
Magic socialist realism in the shetl of Berdichev.
Ron Padgett | How to Be Perfect | Coffee House | 2007
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