Review

Book review: The Science of Herself

by Karen Joy Fowler ISBN: 978-1-60486-825-8 PP: 128 Publisher: PM Press, 2013 £10.99

Fowler’s multiple short pieces make for a great introduction to her work, voice, and style. The opening and title piece, “The Science of Herself,” connects Jane Austen with a struggling, poor, and female fossil hunter in early 1900s England. Patriarchy, poverty, and perserverance. It’s an engrossing story with lean, efficient writing which fleshes out… Continue reading

Book review: The Lucky Strike

by Kim Stanley Robinson ISBN: 978-1-60486-085-6 PP: 128 Publisher: PM Press, 2009 £

The New York Times has a blurb on the front of this book — and the back. This volume is the second one in PM Press’ Outspoken Authors series. These points indicate Kim Stanley Robinson’s importance, prestige, and ranking, in part at least, within science fiction as well as in how the… Continue reading

Book review: Romantic Rationalist — A William Godwin Reader

Edited by Peter Marshall ISBN: 978-1-62963-228-5 PP: 192 Publisher: PM Press, 2017 £15.99

If interested in the roots of modern anarchism, you’ll at least know William Godwin’s name. The fellow was quite prolific in writing, so he has a number of works to sort through. Hence the true benefit of this gorgeous volume: rather than sitting down with a volume or two, this reader empowers you to identify… Continue reading

Book Review: Left of the Left — my memories of Sam Dolgoff

by Anatole Dolgoff ISBN: 978-1-84935-248-2 PP: 400 Publisher: AK Press, 2016 £17

Sam Dolgoff was an American anarchist and wobbly (member of the Industrial Workers of the World). He’s an important figure, active for almost seven decades (including ones where anarchism was supposed to have ‘died out’!) Anatole Dolgoff is the youngest son of Sam and Esther Dolgoff, and Left of the Left is his insider’s account… Continue reading

Book review: TVA Baby

by Terry Bisson ISBN: 978-1-60486-405-2 PP: 192 Publisher: PM Press, 2011 £13.99

Differentiating Bisson’s writing from his political work is hard. In his The Left Left Behind, Bisson states you can’t separate his politics from his writing (101). So maybe it’s normal that whenever I read Bisson, it’s always framed knowing he was involved with anti-imperialism and anti-racist work. I easily read and enjoy short stories like… Continue reading

Book Review: The Traffic Power Structure

by Planka.nu collective ISBN: 978-1-62963-153-0 PP: 96 Publisher: PM Press

This is one of my favorite PM Press books. Compact, loaded, an accessible theoretical dynamite exploding US conceptions of identity and liberty based on automobiles. There are lovely indications of how constructions of liberty and freedom, driving fast on the road, are actually complete systems of domination and control.

Authored by the Planka.nu collective and translated by Gabriel… Continue reading

Book Review: New Taboos

by John Shirley ISBN: 978-1-60486-761-9 PP: 128 Publisher: PM Press

John Shirley is one of the original “Dread Lords” of Cyberpunk who brought a new noir sensibility to science fiction and Fantasy in the ’90s.

The opening piece, “A State of Imprisonment,” sticks with you. It’s brutal without unnecessary graphic details, kind of like a strong female lead in a politicised, short version of “Prison Break.”

The powerful narrative… Continue reading

Book Review: On A Move: The Story of Mumia Abu-Jamal

by Terry Bisson ISBN: 978-0-87486-901-9 9780874869019 PP: 215 Publisher: Litmus Books £9.99

This is terse, efficient prose. There are emotionally evocative presentations of family, friends, suffering, pain, and resistance. There is also an effective visual balance with reading fonts, image reproduction, and chapter titles.

Once you start reading, the current in On a Move is so strong you probably won’t be able to put it down. I read this in… Continue reading

Book Review: The Wild Girls

by Ursula Le Guin ISBN: 978-1-60486-403-8 PP: 112 Publisher: PM Press £9.99

With an epic author like Le Guin, I couldn’t help but go straight to her interview with Bisson. It’s solid. The more interviews I read from Bisson in the Outspoken Author series, the more I want to read. Tangent: I hope he and PM Press put an anthology together, and that they include this interview with… Continue reading

Book Review: Antifascism, Sports, Sobriety

by Julius Deutsch, edited & translated by Gabriel Kuhn ISBN: 978-1-62963-154-7 PP: 128 Publisher: PM Press £11.99

This book is too short. All the content is of high and tight quality. Read Kuhn’s introduction and mini-bio of Deutsch and you’ll want to know much, much more about Red Vienna. It’s a crack incisive introduction to the vital, visceral intersectionality of anti-fascism, sports, and sobriety.

Kuhn’s volume offers a… Continue reading