Review

A new review of D. Harlan Wilson's Primordial: An Abstraction has been published in The Small Press Review. Here's the introduction:

"Academia's reputation has suffered in the twenty-first century: more competitive, yet less rigorous; fewer faculty positions, yet a more bloated and overpaid administrative class; prestige replaced with politics. D. Harlan Wilson illustrates this de-evolution with a Kafka-esque edge in Primordial: An Abstraction. Eighty-some-odd (and odd) chapters follow the narrator as he, stripped of his doctorate for "practicing a questionable pedagogy" and "writing a toxic strain of theory", is forced to return to university to re-earn his degree. It's the same basic premise of NBC's 'Community,' but this version of a return to college is less sitcom and more a cynical nightmare."

Read the full review here.

Induction

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There

Lance Olsen's [[ there. ]] has received a great (and well-deserved) review in the upcoming issue of Rain Taxi. Here's a blurb:

"Reading [[ there. ]] is like performing in a Wim Wenders film, reflecting on a philosophical treatise while rejecting all philosophy, being willingly displaced to another narrative (or continent) over and over and over, and reading a travel journal from home while flying in outer space—all at once, all together."

Brooklyn


Gabino Iglesias has written a sharp review of D. Harlan Wilson's Primordial: An Abstraction for Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Here is the opening paragraph:
One of the rarest, and by far most enjoyable, literary occurrences is picking up a new book by a writer whose work you like and realizing the narrative is precisely the one you’ve always wanted that author to write. D. Harlan Wilson’s Primordial afforded me that unusual pleasure. I’ve been a fan of Wilson’s writing for a few years. With each new book, he stands at the edge of strange fiction and then propels himself into uncharted territory with a bag full of exploding language, a sharp intelligence that borders on insanity, and a bizarre sense of humor that feeds on creating new and infinitely weirder things from the battered pieces of whatever he happens to be deconstructing in that text.
Read the full review here.