Jonathan Russell Clark

JONATHAN COME LATELY—AN INTRODUCTION

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Jonathan Russell Clark debuts a monthly column for Tasteful Rude detailing the choicest selections from his book-obsessed life.

From Tasteful Rude
On June 16, 2022
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EXTRA-METATEXTUALITY: A REVIEW OF CHUCK KLOSTERMAN’S THE NINETIES: A BOOK

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In his book "The Nineties", Chuck Klosterman is not interested in what’s conventionally understood or easily graspable but in the layers that either exist deep underneath or hover loftily. It’s what makes his essays and books so fun—it allows us to reconsider accepted wisdom.

From Tasteful Rude
On April 5, 2022
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SPELLING CYPHERS: A REVIEW OF LONG DIVISION BY KIESE LAYMON

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The most interesting mystery novels don’t announce themselves as such. There is no murder to solve or culprit to apprehend. Rather, events which have no obvious explanation unfold and an air of ambiguity surrounds them. Kiese Laymon’s novel "Long Division" belongs to this category of mystery.

From Tasteful Rude
On June 28, 2021
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Embodied is an Intertextual and Intersectional Masterpiece.

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One of the most exciting and stimulating examples of cross-genre amplification...exhilarating.

From Tasteful Rude
On May 6, 2021
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MONA Is A Devastating Satire

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It's no accident that Pola Oloixarac opens the novel with, "Come thirsty."

From Tasteful Rude
On March 23, 2021
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The Dangers (And Pleasures) of Smoking in Bed

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Mariana Enriquez's short stories take magical realism to the extreme, blending the surreal — ghosts, witches, curses and cannibals — with vividly rendered trauma that is all too real.

From Tasteful Rude
On February 5, 2021