American Book Review

American Book Review

Edited by Jeffrey R. Di Leo

ISSN 0149-9408

eISSN 2153-4578


Founded in 1977, the American Book Review has specialized in reviews of frequently neglected published works of fiction, poetry, and literary and cultural criticism from small, regional, university, ethnic, avant-garde, and women's presses. ABR as a literary journal aims to project the sense of engagement that writers themselves feel about what is being published, It is edited and produced by writers for writers and the general public.

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Table Of Contents

Volume 44, Number 4 (Winter 2023)
Special Issue: Digital Art


From the Editor
Commerce with Montaigne
Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Focus: Digital Art
Jessi Rae Morton

Amy Whitaker and Nora Burnett Abrams, The Story of NFTs: Artists, Technology, and Democracy
Jessi Rae Morton

Ruth Catlow and Penny Rafferty, Radical Friends: Decentralised Autonomous Organizations and the Arts
Hannah Grannemann

Laura Raicovitch, Culture Strike: Art and Museums in the Age of Protest
Terry Smith

Kim Dhillon, Counter-Texts: Language in Contemporary Art
Chris Colvin

Leonhard Emmerling, The Art of Diremption: On the Powerlessness of Art, translated by Parnal Chirmuley
Gavin Sourgen

Ottessa Moshfegh and Issy Wood, My New Novel/The Down Payment
Rene Marzuk

No, Alexa: AI Isn’t Going to Destroy Art
David Riddle Watson

An Interview with Ben Okri
Frederick Luis Aldama

Lost and Found
In Search of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Anthony Madrid

M. G. Stephens, Kid Coole and King Ezra
John Schertzer

Max Blecher, The Illuminated Burrow, translated by Gabi Reigh
Allan Graubard

Ann McGlinn, Ride On, See You
Edward M. Bury

Miguel Ángel Asturias, Mr. President, translated by David Unger
Vivian Arimany

Tom LeClair, Passing Again
Neil D. Isaacs

Jack Driscoll, Twenty Stories
Bob Duxbury

The Literary Assistant as Point Guard
E. Ethelbert Miller

Point of View and Cognitive Mapping: The Case of Mrs. Dalloway
Robert T. Tally Jr.

The Translation Stone
Brian O’Keeffe

DeWitt Henry, Foundlings: Found Poems from Prose
Michael Joyce

Jeffrey Franklin, Where We Lay Down
Adam Vines

Christopher Hirschmann Brandt, The Place Where Grief Begins
Patricia Laurence

Susana H. Case, The Damage Done
Cory Massaro

Wherever I’m At: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, edited by Donald G. Evans and Robin Metz
Mark Fishbein

Grace Shulman, Again, the Dawn: New and Selected Poems, 1976–2022
Hilary Sideris

Mark Weiss, A Suite of Dances
Christopher Winks

The Laureates
An Appalachian Voice Speaks for Ohio: A Conversation with Kari Gunter-Seymour
Renee H. Shea

The Cambridge Companion to World Crime Fiction, edited by Jesper Gulddal, Stewart King, and Alistair Rolls
David Riddle Watson

Bruce Robbins, Criticism and Politics: A Polemical Introduction
Robert T. Tally Jr.

Harold Jaffe, BRUT: Writings on Art & Artists
Eckhard Gerdes

Cultural Studies
Cynthia Cruz, The Melancholia of Class: A Manifesto for the Working Class
Josh Polinard

Printers and Poets
Particularly the Press
Charles Alexander

Soft Skull Press: An Interview with Mensah Demary

Poetics to Come
Panentheism: Ontology of the Future, or Poetics?
Daniel T. O’Hara

The Departed
Cormac McCarthy’s Abendrot
David Cowart

Submissions & Book Reviews

Submitting a Book for Review Consideration

ABR specializes in reviews of frequently neglected works of fiction, poetry, and literary and cultural criticism from small, regional, university, ethnic, avant-garde, and women’s presses. In nonfiction, we review important books of criticism, biographies, and cultural studies, but we do not review “how-to” or “self-help” books. We would consider a review of innovative children’s literature, but that is not usually part of our preferred content. We prefer books that have been published in the past six months, but will review books that have been published in the past year.

Mail a review copy, either a galley or a finished copy, to:
American Book Review
University of Houston-Victoria
3007 N Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 77901
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Due to the sheer volume of books we receive, we cannot logistically notify every submitter of the review copy's receipt. If your book is selected for review and the review is published (all reviews are vetted by our editors and not necessarily accepted for publication), we will notify you.

Becoming a Reviewer for ABR

American Book Review's editorial process does not allow us to print unsolicited reviews at this time. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please email us a CV and two writing samples (preferably book reviews) to We will notify you if we would like you to review for ABR. Due to the number of reviewers we already have and the limitations of print space, our need for new reviewers is low, but we are always looking for strong contributors.

Editorial Board

Editor: Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Managing Editor: Jeffrey A. Sartain

Assistant Editor: JJ Hernandez

Past Publishers: Ronald Sukenick, Charles B. Harris

Associate Editors: Charles Alexander, Rudolfo Anaya, Frederick Luis Aldama, Mark Amerika, R.M. Berry, Christine Hume, Charles Johnson, A. Van Jordan, Anthony Madrid, Cris Mazza, Gina M. MacKenzie, Christina Milletti, Doug Nufer, John Tytell, Barry Wallenstein, Tom Williams

Contributing Editors: Ron Arias, Michael Bérubé, Rosellen Brown, Andrei Codrescu, Rikki Ducornet, Dagoberto Gilb, C.S Giscombe, Joseph D. Haske, Russell Hoover, Clarence Major, Carole Maso, Larry McCaffery, Michael McClure, Joyce Carol Oates, Daniel T. O'Hara, Marjorie Perloff, Robert Peters, Corinne Robins, Charles Russell, Paul Schiavo, Barry Seiler, Charles Simic, Bruce Sterling, Regina Weinreich


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