What’s New Book Review

SAM SHAW This is How It Always Is By Laurie Frankel pp. 338 Flatiron Books Published January 4, 2017 #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George said about “This is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel that, “This is a novel everyone should read. It’s brilliant. It’s bold. And it’s time.” She could […]

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The New Poetry Review: New Poets of Native Nations

NATALIE PATTERSON New Poets of Native Nations Ed. Heid E. Erdrich 2018 What is the purpose of a poetry anthology? Merriam-Webster defines “anthology” as merely “a collection of selected literary pieces or passages or works of art or music.” Truly, the compiling and editing of an anthology goes much deeper than this—the text must offer […]

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The New Poetry Review: Wade in the Water

NATALIE PATTERSON Wade in the Water Tracy K. Smith 2018 With “Wade in the Water” comes another vibrant and profound collection from Tracy K. Smith, Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize-winner for one of her previous books, “Life on Mars.”  The much-awarded Smith presents in four sections thoughts on a surprisingly wide […]

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Choir concert still triumphs despite critical changes

OLIVIA CHIPI Amidst changes to Salem College’s campus, the fall “Salem Sings” choral concert experienced a few changes of its own. “For the first time in 8 years, there will be no orchestra or instruments besides piano,” said Sonja Sepulveda, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music Theory at Salem  College. Dr. Sepulveda […]

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Addiction and Family in “Beautiful Boy”

GABY IORI Beautiful Boy Dir. by Felix von Groeningen Released October 12, 2018 Now showing at a/perture cinema “Beautiful Boy,” starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, is not an easy watch. The film details the true story of Nic Sheff (Chalamet), a teenager growing up in California who becomes addicted to crystal meth, and how […]

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What’s New Book Review: “Insurrecto” by Gina Apostol

SAM SHAW “Insurrecto” By Gina Apostol pp. 336 Soho Press Published Nov. 13, 2018 From the PEN Open Book Award-winning author of “Gun Dealers’ Daughter”, Gina Apostol, comes “Insurrecto”, a haunting tribute to America’s past and present for the people of the Philippines. Woven between the parallel storylines of Filipino translator Magsalin and American filmmaker […]

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