Book Review: 'Actual Air' |


When was the last time you picked up a volume of poetry and found yourself hanging on every word, reading it all the way through in a single sitting and then going back to the beginning? This first collection from Berman (better known as the frontman for the indie-rock band Silver Jews) is that kind of book. Full of casually sharp observations about the most mundane subjects — he sums up a particularly lovely day as being like ” … that moment when you take off your sunglasses/after a long drive and realize it’s earlier/and lighter out than you had accounted for” — Air is funny, weird, and profound, whether it’s tackling the nature of hallways or the architecture of back pain. A-