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…]