Articles by Michael Deagler

January 18, 2017

The Way Individuals Survive: On Jen George’s ‘The Babysitter at Rest’ 0

George’s frank dystopias do not rely on beauty or brutality or humanistic appeals to sell themselves. Just a vision and a ghoulish sense of humor.

October 6, 2016

Don’t Call It a Novel (It’s Been Here for Years) 9

This phenomenon of misidentifying a story collection as a novel is surprisingly common, both in book reviewing and in polite conversation.

September 13, 2016

Throwing Out the Instruction Manual: On Alexandra Kleeman’s ‘Intimations’ 12

Kleeman is working in the surrealism-neighboring-naturalism tradition of preceding wunderkinds like Téa Obreht and Jonathan Safran Foer, where sections of dreamlike allegory supplement sections telling the primary “real life” story.

August 11, 2016

Vast and Riotous: On Rion Amilcar Scott’s ‘Insurrections’ 0

What does it mean to rewrite the Bible in slang? And how does that redress the sting of police profiling?