The Oblivion Atlas By Michael Allen Zell, with images by Louviere + Vanessa (Lavender Ink) Reviewed by Derick Dupre The only time a movie moves is when a shutter keeps you from seeing the picture change. What you perceive as continuous motion is actually an illusion. Persistence of vision is a tricky theory, which is … A bird, a cage, a song, a warble: THE OBLIVION ATLAS
Butcher’s Sugar By Brad Richard (Sibling Rivalry Press) Reviewed by Taylor Murrow The title poem in Butcher’s Sugar is one that wrecked me. If you read the book from front to back, it appears about a third of the way through. By the time you reach that poem—the one that begins “Beyond the candied peristyle … The Boy is Gone: Brad Richard’s BUTCHER’S SUGAR
Errata By Michael Zell Lavender Ink Press Reviewed by Erik Vande Stouwe The notion of a New Orleans underground might seem redundant—perhaps even tongue-in-cheek—bringing forth the fact that the narrator of Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground was, after all, really still well above sea level. In his debut novel, Errata, Michael Zell does not take … Notes from the New Orleans Underground: Michael Zell’s ERRATA
The Fish that Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King By Rich Cohen Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Reviewed by Nathan C. Martin Samuel Zemurray, former president of the United Fruit company and history’s most ambitious banana magnate, has a lot in common with Daniel Plainview, the antihero of P.T. Anderson’s 2007 … THERE WILL BE BANANAS: If Samuel Zemurray is Daniel Plainview, why doesn’t Rich Cohen treat him like it?
My Bayou: New Orleans Through the Eyes of a Lover By Constance Adler Michigan State University Press Reviewed by Taylor Murrow Everyone has his or her New Orleans story. There is the college freshman, eager to experience Bourbon Street in all of its neon-lit, to-go-drink glory. There is the vacationer who became transfixed by second … Another love letter: A review of Constance Adler’s “My Bayou”
The Neoliberal Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, Late Capitalism, and the Remaking of New Orleans Cedric Johnson (ed.) University of Minnesota Press Reviewed by Andy Cook New Orleanians understand what is meant by the assertion that Hurricane Katrina was a man-made disaster. Sure, a hurricane is a force of nature, but the extent of its damage wouldn’t … The political philosophy of a man-made disaster: A review of THE NEOLIBERAL DELUGE