It’s spring! and SPD just sent out their new catalog of recommended titles. Right on top? Madeline ffitch’s amazing Valparaiso, Round the Horn. Order it from SPD right here, and if you haven’t had the chance yet, read Madeline’s interview at The Collagist.

Thanks to A Tree Born Crooked author Steph Post for her glowing review of Valparaiso, Round the Horn. She says the stories are “beautiful tales of discovery, but often a raw darkness is slowly bubbling underneath the surface.” Read the whole thing here.

The Song “Valparaiso, Round the Horn”


Last week I traveled to the Panama Canal. Your browser does not support the video tag. At the time it was finished in 1914, carving a route that joins the Pacific to the Atlantic had been the largest engineering project ever undertaken, in the history of history. And it’s beautiful, too: … Read More

At Heavy Feather Review, Daniel Scott Parker wrote an ecstatic review of Mike Young’s Sprezzatura. In it he approaches a catalog of everything the book does, at one point saying, “It’s a disorienting experience, when is-ness isn’t.” It sure is.