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|Title||:||Tin House #71: Rehab|
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Tin House #71: Rehab Reviews
The "Rehab" title (like the accompanying description) is somewhat misleading; only two or three of the pieces contained here actually deal with rehab in the conventional sense; that's not a bad thing, just worth noting. As usual I struggled to find the point of certain stories, essays, and poems, but others stood out as exceptionally insightful or just plain good: J. P. Gritton's "Wyoming," and Jenn Shapland's "Illness at Metaphor" for instance. An interesting read for anybody who has struggled with chronic or 'invisible' illnesses.
I got into this issue more than any others in a while, though perhaps just for the emotional impact. Maybe the theme had subjects more likely to move me, but the pieces certainly did whether or not that's the case. I think it's a pretty heavy issue at least.
I like the theme and diversity of this issue, and that everyone who reviews it seems to have different favorites. Personally I loved Rita Bullwinkel's bizarre, troubling, and totally great story "Decor," about a woman who works in a high-end furniture store as a kind of piece of living furniture and receives mail from a convict who wants fabric samples. Jenn Shapland's essay "Illness Is Metaphor" was a standout too – partly because it's full of weird facts about health-seeking consumptives of the late 19th and early 20th century, but also because it describes in some detail what it's like to be undiagnosable, to live with an unnamed chronic illness, and to redefine the very ideas of health and wellness to yourself.Amy Bloom's essay "Car Wash of the Dead" articulates an idea that I've been struggling to put into words for a long time: namely that death has a tendency to (car)wash away all the nagging irritations we experience with deceased people who we've loved and been close to. I also enjoyed Leslie Jamison's "Confessions of an Unredeemed Fan." Having missed most of the Amy Winehouse writing of the past few years, having even failed to see the eponymous documentary about her, I found Jamison's essay riveting.
Bit of a mixed bag. The Rehab theme is pretty loose, enough to where I hardly ever summoned it to mind when reading most of these pieces. I love Leslie Jamison, but I've somehow overdosed on Amy Winehouse writing, lately, and hers didn't offer anything new. I liked Alyssa Knickerbocker's idea to write about motherhood and writing and X-Men. There are two terrifying and haunting essays on brain injuries from Meehan Crist and Kara Thompson. Fiction is really where this issue shined, for me, with strong stories from Jennifer Tseng, Aimee Bender, and Rita Bullwinkel that are diverse in their originality and style.
worth the price of admission for the Jennifer Tseng story. Odd and lovely and moving.
As always, a great group of voices, great format, and great perspectives.
I was fully expecting to be disappointed by this particular edition, since 'rehab' as a theme didn't particularly interest me. But dang, was I wrong. This was a lot of fun to read! Lots of interesting, varied stories - and, indeed, does not focus just on rehab in the literal, drug/alcohol sense.
A very solid issue. Highlights for me were:—"Methods," Meehan Crist—"The Car Wash of the Dead," Amy Bloom—"Karaoke," Sarah Manguso—"Fifties," Elissa Schappell—"Decor," Rita Bullwinkel —the lovely Marie Howe poemsThe piece I was most taken in by—so, I suppose, it's also a highlight—was Leslie Jamison's "Confessions of an Unredeemed Fan." I love Jamison's writing so hard, so it was somewhat surprising to encounter this essay and have such mixed/complicated/knotty feelings about everything from its construction to its rhetoric to its general content. I think parts of it are brilliant and I think parts of it are problematic and I'm still grappling with it. But it's worthwhile reading, most surely, and a good teaser for her book on recovery and recovery narratives out next year.