You're accessing this slice of literary goodness for free because we believe anyone and everyone should be able to access the best in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art. And because we don't ask our readers to pay for Guernica, we do—for web hosting, server costs, and the other incidentals necessary to keep Guernica up and running, and, most importantly, open and available to as many people as possible, around the world.
If like us you believe in a widely accessible Guernica, consider supporting the magazine with a tax deductible donation or by subscribing. We'll only be asking for two weeks, three times a year—asking for support from readers like you on your own terms: our all-volunteer staff gives to Guernica out of love, and we extend that friendship to you. If you love Guernica, click to help make sure an ever-growing community can continue to read, react, and participate. Each month, more than 100,000 unique readers visit guernicamag.com—even a small amount, a couple of dollars, from just half of those visitors would sustain us for many, many moons.
Our infinite thanks,
The Guernica Team
Rec Room: Erica Wright: Special Topics in Calamity Physics
April 30, 2010
It was on sale for seven dollars, otherwise, I probably would not have purchased a 2-pound book. Not even for vacation. But Marisha Pessl’s tome Special Topics in Calamity Physics zips along like the best of its lighter kin. The first part of the novel is a coming-of-age story about the precocious but lonely Blue van Meer. This narrator peppers her tale with enough literary references to make even a hard-core academic’s head spin. It’s all in good fun, though, and this novel is indeed fun. The second part is a mystery story, so if teenage life doesn’t interest you, there’s blood and mayhem. Really, when a novel is 500-plus-pages long, there’s something for everyone.
Bio: Erica Wright is the poetry editor at Guernica. Her “interview with John Ashbery”:http://www.guernicamag.com/interviews/507/houses_at_night_1/, “Houses at Night,” appeared in Guernica’s February 2008 issue. Read her last recommendation of the book The Anthologist “here”:http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/1662/rec_room_erica_wright_the_anth/.
Readers like you make Guernica possible. Please show your support.
Tagged with: Erica Wright