After World War II, many countries that had lived under the shadow of colonialism longed to rebuild and strengthen themselves with their newfound autonomy. While the Cold War intensified, Third World countries were optimistic as they solidified bonds amongst each other, ready for a new future. Juxtaposing personal narratives with the violent events that occurred in Jakarta--a swift and bloody annihilation of suspected communists that resulted in the deaths of an estimated one million Indonesians--Bevins recounts how that initial post-war optimism clashed with the US's violent suppression of such dreams in their quest to end communism. The scorched earth approach extended to Latin America, and Bevins emphasizes that when America wasn't directly involved in the killings, they installed governments that were. A chilling portrait of a little-known chapter in America’s violent history, Bevin's study holds the imperial war machine to account and wonders if its cost to human life was worth it.
Taking readers on an intimate journey of her early adulthood--one that covers the actual ground from Taos to Paris to New Mexico--Pham's stellar essays put sensitivity front and center. In a generous weaving of literary theory, art history, and the narrative of her own heartbreak, Pham tempers the cerebral with her deep empathy and masterful storytelling that doesn't just explore themes of desire and longing, but that, like any good pop song, immerses us in the unreserved heart of her emotions. This collection is an album you'll want to return to again and again
It takes a lot of skill to write about dark material with levity, but McElroy truly hits the mark with their debut novel. A cleverly crafted satire that riffs on our Internet-molded culture, The Atmospherians puts toxic masculinity and the attention economy on blast. Against an absurd background of man hordes and wellness taken to its hypercapitalist extremes, our heroes (or is it anti-heroes?) attempt to reckon with their own failures by starting a cult bent on transforming horrible men. The result is just as uncanny as its premise, and McElroy doesn't hold back as they take you on this unsettling and thought-provoking roller-coaster ride.