Oh brave new world that has such links in it:

 

  • Vahni Capildeo can lucid dream. If an earthquake struck your dream, you might die, you’d at least panic, but not Vahni Capildeo. She thinks, ‘This is a dream, if I choose to I can float’, and survives. In an interview with Eva Lacey, she describes the joys of her rich dream life and how its troubling power haunts her: ‘I felt within the narrative I didn’t deserve to have survived.’ Vahni Capildeo’s prowess as a dreamer is matched by her talent as a poet – she’s just won the Forward Prize for Best Collection of poetry with Measures of Expatriation, awarded last year to Claudia Rankine · Prac Crit

 

  • Italo Calvino died thirty-one years ago this week. In a rare 1985 interview from his final year, the BBC spoke with the author of If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller at his home in Tuscany Calvino shows off the diagrams and graphs he makes in the margins of his manuscripts. ‘I don’t remember what I meant with these little drawings I did. Sometimes I get crazy when I’m writing, you see?’ · BBC

  • Brexit, Trump, Putin. ‘We are living in a ‘post-fact’ world’, writes Peter Pomerantsev, blaming the post-modern notion that ‘the only thing you can know is your own mind’. Rebecca Solnit points the finger at our modern obsession with individual freedom and libertarianism: ‘yourself for yourself on your own’. Both make a compelling argument that reality is in trouble · Granta and Harper’s

 

 

  • In 2008 Martin Amis published a story in Granta titled ‘The Unknown Known’, a nod to Donald Rumsfeld’s infamous response to the revelation that there was no evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The satirical story follows a group of fundamentalists brainstorming ways to destroy the West. Amis’s unease about the subject is striking – the story remains unfinished, and in a postscript he defends his implicit criticism of Islam: ‘Islamism is a total system,’ he writes, ‘and like all such it is eerily amenable to satire’ · Granta
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