A Review of Xu Xi’s “That Man in Our Lives,” by Jennifer Lee

Xu Xi, raised in Hong Kong but long occupying the “flight path connecting New York, Hong Kong, and the South Island of New Zealand,” might be called a writer of the diaspora. But diasporic stories often move from origin to destination, periphery to center. This novel, however, has no center, no periphery; its origins are [Continue Reading…]

Fiction Review by Jessica Man

The Three Body Problem. Liu Cixin. translated by Ken Liu. New York: Tor Books. 400 pp. The Dark Forest. Liu Cixin. translated by Joel Martinsen. New York: Tor Books. 512 pp.   The first installment of Remembrances of Earth’s Past, The Three Body Problem, crossed the Pacific in 2014. Authored by one of China’s premier science fiction writers, Liu [Continue Reading…]

A Review of Ruth Ozeki’s “A Tale for the Time Being,” by Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis

A Tale for the Time Being. Ruth Ozeki. New York: Viking, 2013. 422 pp.   Ocean and Internet gyres spin with post-tsunami flotsam. A sad-sack dad crafts paper insect miniatures to stave off suicide. A coterie of Japanese housewives, like one networked, collective organism, self-soothes at the jellyfish tank of a Tokyo aquarium. This is [Continue Reading…]

Book Review: Charles Yu’s Minor Universes

By Timothy Yu One of the most moving moments in Charles Yu’s debut collection, Third Class Superhero, comes from a grammatical distinction. In a story called “The Man Who Became Himself,” a man named David Howe has developed a strangely split consciousness. He eats breakfast with his wife, goes to work, feels angry or bored–yet [Continue Reading…]

Book Review: Tao Lin’s Richard Yates, Shoplifting at American Apparel, and Bed

By Vaman Tyrone X Richard Yates.   Tao Lin.   New York: Melville House, 2010.   208 pp. Shoplifting from American Apparel.   Tao Lin.   New York: Melville House, 2009.   112 pp. Bed.   Tao Lin.   New York: Melville House, 2007.   278 pp. David Foster Wallace concluded “E Unabus Pluram” with [Continue Reading…]