V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014
Under the Cover of Mountains
The secret life of Los AlamosLos Alamos, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, comes alive in TaraShea Nesbit’s debut novel The Wives of Los Alamos. The fictional story depicts a Los Alamos that hums with secrets, slights and insights.
Sharing Wanders and Wonders
Worrell is an artist and a storyteller. His book is not so much a volume of polished essays as it is a catalog of his experiences in the Southwest.
Places of Mystery, Power and Energy
Resistance Is Futile
French farmhouses? Fine wines? Erudite mystery? At first blush, this novel seemed right up reviewer Suzanne Buck’s alley. So why was it such a clunker?
The Resistance Man
V.23 No.9 | 2/27/2014
Cabinet of geometriesPaging Dr. Caligari—Culture Shock prescribes the very best in books and art around Albuquerque.
Dear Sister Survivor…
Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence is a remarkable volume offering words of wisdom and insight to survivors and the allies who want to help them.
Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence
Keep Calm and Read
Vicarious thrills await disciples of Yow and co. in this gorgeous trip down memory lane.
The Jesus Lizard Book
V.23 No.8 | 2/20/2014
Art by the mouthfulDeliciousness with your art, a smutty local gallery reopens and a local poet hates coconut margaritas in this week’s Culture Shock.
(Almost) Never Buy Beforehand
“Frugal Fan” Motez Bishara shares his tips for enjoying the best NBA seats at the best deal possible.
Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan
Double Negative, Ivan Vladislavic’s fourth novel, accounts for chunks of time in the life of Neville Lister, an anti-war, anti-apartheid, consummate college dropout living with his parents in '80s Johannesburg.
V.23 No.7 | 2/13/2014
How It Begins
WWI started because the Emperor of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by a man who may have been part of a Serbian conspiracy, right? A new book shows that this explanation is so basic it’s just wrong.
Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War
V.23 No.5 | 1/30/2014
The Malvinas Strike Back
Just pages into Argentinian author Carlos Gamerro’s sprawling, genre-bending novel The Islands, we meet one of the most chilling and repulsive characters in contemporary literature.
V.23 No.4 | 1/23/2014
Dede in Wonderland
Former state senator Dede Feldman describes her first legislative session in 1997 as “a little like riding a motorcycle in a thunderstorm in the nude.” Sound like an exaggeration? It isn't. Legislative sessions in New Mexico can be terrifying, bombastic and exhilarating.
Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits, and Citizens