Los Angeles Review of Books: Bad Dad Jokes: On Lucas Mann’s “Attachments”

ONE OF MY MORE popular tweets fits squarely into the Bad Dad Joke genre. An image from a Dr. Seuss book sees a father sitting in a chair, a glum look on his face. His three children discuss their father’s plight in that familiar singsong cadence: “Dad is sad. Very, very sad. He had a […]

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Brittle Paper: Eritrean-Ethiopian Author Donica Merhazion Set to Publish Debut Novel About 1970s Ethiopian Red Terror

Eritrean-Ethiopian author Donica Merhazion is set to publish her debut novel titled Born at the End of the World with Catalyst Press set in Ethiopia in the 1970s. Inspired by a true story during the 1970s Ethiopian Red Terror, the book explores the intertwining of a man’s and woman’s destinies, whose love, courage, and resilience demonstrate that […]

Los Angeles Review of Books: Begin Again: On Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo’s “Incantation”

XOCHITL-JULISA BERMEJO’S Incantation: Love Poems for Battle Sites (2023) announces its purpose in the title. The “battle sites” range from migrant detention centers to Confederate monuments to the police stop that led to Sandra Bland’s murder. The incantatory lyricism of Bermejo’s poetry suffuses the text, letting us know that this is a book to remember […]

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