Dreamed in Stone
’You were a chasm that cracked and turned into stones, and then the stones lay there, beautifully laid, in a wall.‘
woman is a construct
‘woman is basically meant / to be a residential complex / all the same / all plastered over / just in different colors’
Five Things Right Now: Petina Gappah
Petina Gappah shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
An (almost) perfect day
‘I think of the self-portrait as a mirror of all the violence that befalls us.’
‘The moment I see these portraits, my first thought is: Let’s make it for suitable for the twenty-first century.’
‘There were rules to the game. I could not lose my virginity and I had to be careful not to let a boy go further than I wanted to.’
Best Book of 1981: Lanark
Lorna Gibb on why Alasdair Gray's Lanark is the best book of 1981.
After Zero Hour
‘It seemed there was a little piece of Iraqi earth inside me that refused to let me go.’
Release the Darkness to New Lichen
‘otherwise it is all otherwise I’m lost, did I say that’
The Battle for Kessab
‘No Armenian can forget 1915. From 24 April 1915, which Armenians commemorate as the beginning of a slaughter that in fact started earlier, the Ottoman Empire killed between 650,000 and 1.5 million Armenians in their homes, on death marches and in concentration camps.’
In her series Observatoires, Noémie Goudal places stairs, pyramids and domes in natural, isolated, timeless spaces.
‘Restored nature would be a phantom of its former self. The experience would be akin to visiting a wildlife park.’
Sarah Hall | Five Things Right Now
Sarah Hall, a Granta Best of Young British Novelist, shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about.
Sanjay Nagar Blues
‘motorcyclists like to howl / and dogs drop bulging bags of garbage / from their mouths when they see other dogs / they want to mount’
Every Person’s Little Treasure
‘It occurred to Ana that this was a woman who often left things hanging.’
‘If you require further specifications, please consult your local supplier. They will be happy to help.’
Best Book of 2003: The Curious Life of Robert Hooke
Daisy Hildyard on why Lisa Jardine's The Curious Life of Robert Hooke is the best book of 2003.
The Cage of You
‘They treated their bodies like some exotic animal they’d found fast asleep, beings they needed to wake to truly know.’
Greg Jackson | First Sentence
‘I am being, I believe, about as forthright as I am being coy.’
‘Hara had stumbled on a kind of play, as if they were sisters left alone by their parents for the first time to explore the different ways a day could be deconstructed.‘
‘He’s not himself’, Mum says in the kitchen. Well, who is he then? Is he 40 per cent of his young self? Ten? Do I still have to love him as much as ever, this 90 per cent stranger?
‘I liked the way she travelled: with her iPod in one pocket, her traditional Yup’ik woman’s knife, or ulu, in the other.’
Anjali Joseph | First Sentence
‘I kept returning to the Beckett stories, a favourite since I came upon them in my late teens.’
‘Like scraps of leather, oddly shaped, things from life, people and sayings and objects, found themselves spliced together.’