Book Reviews

Now Is the Time to Know Everything by Simon Moreton, 168 pgs.

Diving into Now Is the Time to Know Everything got me to re-read Simon Moreton’s fantastic zine Minor Leagues. Going through back issues showed me how Simon has refined his style over time. He draws deftly in a couple different styles: sometimes heavy brush lines, sometimes so minimally that the subject of the art is […]

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Proving Grounds by Jean-Paul L. Garnier, 76 pgs.

“This book is intended as an ugly reminder of one of the greatest threats humanity has ever encountered,” says Jean-Paul L. Garnier in the afterword to his book Proving Grounds, “one which we have bestowed upon ourselves and which is still present until we have agreed upon and reached the necessary and urgent total disarmament […]

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Selected Nonfiction 1962-2007 by J.G. Ballard, 386 pgs.

A confession I haven’t until now had occasion to make: There’s not much science fiction I enjoy as much as big-picture science fiction criticism. To me, Thomas M. Disch’s The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of is up there with Robert A. Heinlein’s The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. J.G. Ballard’s Selected Nonfiction 1962-2007 isn’t […]

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Signal 03: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture, Edited by Alec Dunn & Josh MacPhee, 158 pgs.

Signal examines political artwork in a concrete way. Not overly political, or too artsy, they strive to find a balance I deeply appreciate as a cultural worker and longtime adherent to the Anarchist People of Color (APOC) tendency. This issue starts with prints and a description of an anarchistic version of a game known as […]

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Black Punk Now, Edited by Chris L. Terry and James Spooner, 352 pgs.

Black punk isn’t just one thing. It’s a range of experiences, expressions, and styles, as boldly reflected in Black Punk Now, an exciting new anthology released by Soft Skull Press. Edited by James Spooner, director of the 2003 documentary Afro-Punk that eventually birthed the same-named festival that he co-founded, and Black Card novelist and UCLA […]

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Brooklyn’s Last Secret By Leslie Stein, 293 pgs.

I’m always attracted to fiction about touring. This makes me confused as to why Brooklyn’s Last Secret was left in my not-read pile for so long. This comic by cartoonist Leslie Stein is another good piece of tour mythos and is just so easy on the eyes. The band Major Threat is the center of […]

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Early Works By Mari Tamura, 52 pgs.

When you see one of Mari’s photos, it all seems so effortless. The energy of rock’n’roll captured perfectly in a still image, the momentum of guitar strings and fists in the air feel alive enough to jump off the page. What makes it astounding is that Mari is not a lifelong genius who has been […]

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Operation Mindfuck: QAnon and the Cult of Donald Trump By Robert Guffey, 240 pgs.

I was a little leery of this book at first. I mean, Donald Trump is a disgusting and dangerous human being, and I would rather not read any more about him than I must. I had envisioned an entire volume of a naïve author regurgitating the same complaints we’ve all been harboring since 2016 and […]

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Punk Rock Bedroom By Bob Rob Medina, 72 pgs.

Individual line art drawings of punk rock items, moments, caricatures of bands. Music in a visual format. You know, Grant Morrison once made a pitch that involved reading comic books as music. Much in the same way, this art attempts a synesthetic impression as expressing the emotions of the musical realm while visualizing the items […]

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Why Willie Mae Thornton Matters By Lynnée Denise, 207 pgs.

This is the latest entry in University of Texas Press’s Music Matters series. Razorcake has reviewed a few others.A Black blues singer, Willie Mae Thornton was better-known as Big Mama Thornton (named that by a white manager of the Apollo; Denise prefers to call her Willie Mae), and best-known for being the first to record, […]

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Demons: Bloodlust By Hyena Hell, 120 pgs.

This is the third book in the series of “Demons” comics by Hyena Hell. The first one, No Romance in Hell, I reviewed for Razorcake back in 2020. It’s about a gooney demon named Bug who is fed up with the romance with the assholes in hell and she decides to check out what kind […]

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Fever House By Keith Rosson, 448 pgs.

For those unfamiliar with the author (and Razorcake contributor) Keith Rosson, the best way to describe his writing is it’s what would happen if Stephen King and Philip K. Dick had a baby that grew up to have exceptional writing talent influenced by his fathers. Rosson’s latest, Fever House, is his fifth and heftiest novel.  The book begins with […]

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