Chuck Out All You Know with Chuck Klosterman’s “But What If We’re Wrong?”

Alyssa Buzby There are many books in my personal library that I have not been able to read. Some,  I’ve only touched once: to put it on the shelf. Yes, I am one of those readers who buy books just so my reading list can pile into one big mess. One of these books is Joseph Heller’s Catch 22. The truth is, I know this … Continue reading Chuck Out All You Know with Chuck Klosterman’s “But What If We’re Wrong?”

The Times We Live in With Michael Ian Black’s”A Child’s First Book of Trump”

Khadeeja Ali Professional comedy can be found mostly anywhere in our day to day lives. Social media, online, television and film. Comedy has become an avenue for open social discussion. Politics and social critiques oftentimes make people uncomfortable but that does not mean certain topics should fly under the radar only to be forgotten. Michael Ian Black, comedian, actor, and writer is an exemplary embodiment … Continue reading The Times We Live in With Michael Ian Black’s”A Child’s First Book of Trump”

Vi Khi Nao’s “A Brief Alphabet of Torture” is An Unforgettable Read

Joseph Baker A book unlike anything I’ve ever read. Vi Khi Nao’s A Brief Alphabet of Torture reads as something born of organized chaos. Nao’s previous publications to this masterpiece have been A Fish in Exile and the award winning The Old Philosopher, to name just a few. A Brief Alphabet of Torture was published in early 2017 and is the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction prize winner. Undoubtedly … Continue reading Vi Khi Nao’s “A Brief Alphabet of Torture” is An Unforgettable Read

The Brain-Melting Microcosm of Stephen-Paul Martin’s “The Ace of Lightning”

Adrian Belmes There’s a story I’m sure we all know. Or, at least, we’ve heard of it. The one about the sandwich that started World War One. A man tries to kill the Archduke. He fails and, naturally, goes to have a sandwich. The Archduke’s motorcade happens to get lost and pass by that sandwich shop. One coincidence and two gunshots later, the world is … Continue reading The Brain-Melting Microcosm of Stephen-Paul Martin’s “The Ace of Lightning”

A World of Words with Daniel Tammet’s “Every Word is A Bird we Teach to Sing”

Alicia Leon Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing is a riveting collection of essays about living in a world of words through an autistic lens by Daniel Tammet. He ingeniously brings us into his view of how words work, how “word pictures were vivid and felt right” when he read poetry and how “language is somewhat strange yet beautiful.” Daniel Tammet was … Continue reading A World of Words with Daniel Tammet’s “Every Word is A Bird we Teach to Sing”

Poetry In Bloom in Rupi Kaur’s “the sun and her flowers”

Alyssa Cockrell Wilting. Falling. Rooting. Rising. Blooming. This is the path that Rupi Kaur follows when she shares her soul with us. As her second book of poetry, the sun and her flowers is a journey that teaches you how to grow and better yet, how to heal. As the second Kashmiri author that I’ve chosen to focus on for The Freeform Review, Rupi Kaur … Continue reading Poetry In Bloom in Rupi Kaur’s “the sun and her flowers”

What’s Cooler than Being Koul? Scaachi Koul’s “One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter”

Alyssa Cockrell The answer is this book of essays that are alarmingly bright, insightful, and relevant. Scaachi Koul’s, One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, exposes her personal perspective as a 2nd generation immigrant in the modern world and I must say: her voice is truly captivating.  As a writer for Buzzfeed, a popular modern publishing industry, readers of Koul’s book of essays … Continue reading What’s Cooler than Being Koul? Scaachi Koul’s “One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter”