Anyone want to write a very, very short review of any book for the back of FOURSQUARE 2.2? You will receive a contributor copy for your efforts. The review will need to fit into a 3.75″sq space (Garamond 10) so conciseness is a virtue here.

I would prefer a review of a recent book written by a woman, and I would prefer the review to be written by a woman as well. Email me with ideas or reviews.


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  1. John Sakkis says:

    well, that’s not quite “anyone”…

  2. Jessica Smith says:

    Awww… I know dear. I think it would be ok if the review were written by a man if the book is by a woman. Might you be interested in reviewing, for instance, the Sabrina Calle chap?

  3. John Sakkis says:

    yeah, i’ll take a stab at sabrina’s book…you’re looking at like 25-30 words?

  4. Jessica Smith says:

    When Linda reviewed Lauren Shufran’s book in issue 1.9, it looked like this (I should probably paste this as a blog post):

    Burrow by Lauren Shufran (Hooke Press, 2006)
    Book Review by Linda Russo

    Presenting marvelous labyrinths of logic within illogic on each of its wide pages, Burrow narrates trajectories in small chunks. Each piece/prose/poem explores creaturely paths – familiar yet deep – and presents affective relief to our own little plots and ploys of passion, desire, and greed. Burrow explores the lighter and darker emotions and follows up on its own plethora of mini-ventures and a cast of characters including a hyena, pirates, boats and an insurmountable wall; in this it is an extension of the philosophical projects of such poets as Lyn Hejinian, Carla Harryman, and Rosmarie Waldrop. Burrow’s highly descriptive and twisty animalian thought-paths are dotted by a recurrent “I” that, driven to satisfy the reasoning mind, “frets” as a process of making sense. This fretting is reflected in the titles of the trajectories: sometimes duplicitous and other times merely ample. At one point the narrator disavows the burrow as “a paranoid work of subterranean self-deception” yet sends its twisted missives to “most major newspapers” in an attempt to shed public light on her little corner of the whole cloth of complete and utter sense that continually threatens to unravel. Foremost, Burrow is sincere in both sentiment and process. The result is a delightful and defamiliarized causal logic that must perforce remain open to possibility.

    Just over 200 words.

  5. jen says:

    If you haven’t already gotten someone/thing for this, gimme a holler!

  6. Jessica Smith says:

    Yes! Please send something, I am waiting on something to fill that space. The issue is ready to go otherwise.

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