The Oberlin Review

Book Nook Reviews: Lasser and Kornblith’s “Elusive Utopia”

Book Nook Reviews: Lasser and Kornblith’s “Elusive Utopia”

December 6, 2019

In the third grade I, like every other elementary-school student in Oberlin’s public schools, received a copy of an Oberlin history textbook. The book portrayed Oberlin as a utopian community that had transcended issues of gender and race from its inception. Yet my lived experiences and the stories I heard growing up as an Oberlin resident often contradicted this idealistic narrative. I was introduced to the monograph Elusive Utopia: The Struggle for Racial Equality in Oberlin, Ohio last semest...

Book Nook: Elusive Utopia

Book Nook: Elusive Utopia

November 22, 2019

We’re back with Book Nook, our Arts & Culture book club! In our Dec. 6 issue, we will publish the final installment in our series reviewing books linked to Oberlin. You have the chance to read along with us and submit your own review. All you have to do is write a few paragraphs — roughly 300 words — with your thoughts on the book and send it to [email protected] You may be published alongside some of our other readers! This month, we’ll be reading Elusive Utopia: The Struggle fo...

Book Nook Review: Ill Will Presents Gripping Mysteries

James Cato

November 1, 2019

 Dan Chaon’s novel Ill Will follows a conspiracy through an Ohio haunted by insidious police, opioid addictions, and fractured families. Through the hazy eyes of 40-year-old Dustin Tillman, two murder mysteries unfold. One mystery comes from Dustin’s past; the other from his present. It left me chilled. Dustin is a psychologist, father, widower, and court witness to the savage killings of his parents by his abusive older brother Rusty. Thirty years after Dustin’s testimony, Rusty is exonerated by DNA testing, allowing him to potentially wreak havoc in revenge. Simultaneously, one of Dustin’s patients begins to convince him that a cult is behind the fatal overdoses of supposed binge-drinking frat boys. After hi...

Book Nook: Ill Will

Book Nook: Ill Will

October 11, 2019

 We’re back with Book Nook, our Review book club! For the month of October, the Arts & Culture Section will feature a book written by Obies or about the town of Oberlin. You have the chance to read along with us and submit your own review that encapsulates your thoughts about the book. All you have to do is write a few paragraphs — roughly 300 words — with your opinions and send it to [email protected] You may be published alongside some of our other readers. This month, we’ll...

Book Nook Monthly Reviews: Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home”

Book Nook Monthly Reviews: Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home”

September 27, 2019

Kate Fishman I read Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic twice, once in high school at my mom’s recommendation, and once after getting to Oberlin, when it was on the syllabus for my first-year seminar. I think Alison Bechdel is one of the most touted celebrity Obies because she did something that feels quintessentially Oberlin: She wrote a memoir that was not just a memoir but a graphic novel, and one about queerness at that. Not only that, but Fun Home was turned into a musical!  The book is riddled ...

Now Introducing: Book Nook

Now Introducing: Book Nook

September 6, 2019

Join Book Nook, our new Review book club! Every month, the Arts & Culture Section will feature one book written by Obies or about the town of Oberlin. You have the chance to read along with us and submit your own review. The Review is asking its readers to write a short response that encapsulates their thoughts about the book. All you have to do is write a few paragraphs — about 300 words – with your opinions and send it to [email protected], and you may be published alongside some of...

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