Five Novels That Play With Personhood

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Five Novels That Play With Personhood

This post was first published at BookRiot.  Philosophers have long argued over the word, “I”. Specifically, whether or not we are meaningfully the same person – the same “I” – today as we were in the past, and will be in the future. For most of us, it is difficult to imagine having…

‘A Sea-son’s Greeting’

‘A Sea-son’s Greeting’ Between pieces of a family, water That sweats the room and weighs us down, And fills the gaps left by words unsaid. We’re clouding the windows with steam We’re forgetting the world for just one day. “It’s so hot”, we take turns to say Though the windows…

Why I Love One-Sentence Book Reviews

This post first appeared at BookRiot.  You’ve just publicly expressed strong feelings for or against a novel, someone calls you out on it and…you’re stumped. You can barely recall any of the characters’ names, let alone the reasons why you remember loving/hating them so vividly. Many a bookie has been…

One-line reviews of 100+ books: 51-60

Features Atwood, Camus, Dostoevsky, and Murakami. One-line review #51: ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ by D.H.Lawrence. Didn’t leave much of a lasting impression (I read it a while back but forgot about it); I did like some features of his style, but, overall, I thought it was a bit sparse. One-line review…

Five Stories of Political Violence

‘Humankind’, wrote T. S. Eliot, ‘cannot bear very much reality.’ As testament to Eliot’s word, masses of ordinary people around the globe, who are confronted with uprisings, state repression, and other forms of political violence, continue to go about their daily lives. It’s hard for me to imagine, as someone whose has never…

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves In autumn, trees are shaking. For me, their leaves are quaking, So I may stand still. My trembling stops among these leaves. They make a dance of it, Bobbing along on exhaled griefs, Which, made gold, seem lighter. I see death fluttering in the trees And still the…

Cultural Carrion: Autumn Edition

Including: Angels in America; the Death of Stalin; Young Marx. Young Marx, the Bridge Theatre (until 31 Dec.) – *** Firstly, the newly-opened Bridge Theatre is great. It’s both unassuming and welcoming, and spacious; you can slip in relatively anonymously (well, for all the hype), while a vast, open lobby…

The Ghosts of 1929

Why do so many books about Afghanistan feature wide landscape shots on their cover? (Google it and see.) Whatever the reason, it was to deliberately defy this trend that Robert D. Crews, author of Afghan Modern, persuaded his publisher to use a cover picture of an ordinary street scene –…

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