Articles by Josh Cook

January 8, 2015

Loneliness, Interrupted: Edith Pearlman’s Honeydew 0

Pearlman repeatedly thrills us by opening up secret worlds, and it’s because of the exquisite care with which these worlds are formed that we come to care deeply about her people (“characters” just doesn’t cut it).

March 16, 2012

The Crushing Beauty of Nescio’s Amsterdam Stories 5

Nescio examines painters, writers, poets, and thinkers at various stages of their lives. We see them full of the irrational passion of youth, crippled by the frustration of middle age in a world that refused to change, conflicted about the success of their bitterest work, and settling into the spiritual acceptance only available to those who can reflect on an entire life.

April 19, 2011

The James Joyce Book Club: Julian Rios’s The House of Ulysses 1

Ulysses is the literary equivalent of Angkor Wat or Machu Picchu or any of the world’s other great, beautiful, challenging locations.  Just as there are guides, travelogues and travel television shows designed to communicate a flavor of those locations while providing the traveler with the tools needed to actually visit them, there are guides and […]

January 25, 2011

Dada Pedagogy: Andrei Codrescu’s The Poetry Lesson 2

Regardless of how it’s labeled, The Poetry Lesson is a brilliant work.

July 20, 2010

War Comes Home: Brian Turner’s Phantom Noise 1

Contemporary war, in America at least, is now defined as much by coming home as it is by shipping out.