White | State of Mind
‘I was told that she was a girl, with a face as white as a crescent-moon rice cake.’ New writing from Han Kang, translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith.
I come from a place on your bucket list
Deepti Kapoor on travel, authenticity and the peculiarity of being Indian in Uganda.
‘These photographs capture that fatal boredom in the face of this slow-motion catastrophe.’
Sana Krasikov | Five Things Right Now
‘The world is teeming with demons who are always looking for ways to screw with your good fortune.’
‘Breaking your family’s heart was the price you paid for rescuing your own.’
‘I wonder if the only way to grasp what is terrifying and unimaginable for those of us who haven’t experienced it is to feel around the contours of inescapability, the boundary of its negative space.’
The Fashion of Kathy Acker
An extract from Chris Kraus’s new biography, After Kathy Acker.
Nicole Krauss In Conversation
‘The ancient stories we tell, as beautiful as they may be, also serve to shape our conventions about who we think we are or should be’
Erika Krouse on her work as a private investigator. ‘An escort service was providing prostitutes for football recruits, directly solicited by the university.’
From the Left Bank of the Flu
‘The big road looked to me like a river, the cars rushing by as if carried along on its current.’
‘And each time I hit the tarmac I had this terrible feeling that the trip I’d just taken had never even happened, that I’d spent hundreds for a memory I could barely recall.’
Catherine Lacey | Five Things Right Now
Catherine Lacey shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
Olivia Laing | Is Travel Writing Dead?
‘Which bodies can go where might be the central question of our century.’
‘Museums are not solely concerned with objects and our collective past, but also with ideas; notions of what the world is, or should be.’
Three Friends in a Hammock
‘I could not decide if love was real as a thing or something that could never entirely be proven, like God’
The Alarming Palsy of James Orr
‘As it was, this gave the impression of two different faces, two different people, welded savagely together.’
‘One piece of luck: I didn’t explain to the pianist how to play the piano.’ Translated from the French by Sophie Lewis.
‘By the dog the minced oaths, / the god-wounds, the solemnly / declared chronical maladies.’
‘Things he dreamt began to show up in the bushes, the plastic figurine from a parachute firework, the small dull rusted circular saw blade he thought of as a throwing star, and he pocketed those things.’
‘There was no inquiry and no report either because we all have new names now.’
‘Her husband who is going to betray her is standing inside the city of Roma.’ Dreams of infidelity from Deborah Levy.
Yet Trouble Came
Phillip Lewis on writing emotional autobiography. ‘A sincere observation followed by a sincere utterance is the most powerful and effective form of communication.’
A story of ageing infidelity: ‘He would seek to remember and she would seek to remember – each succeeding a little differently from the other.’
Books Do Furnish a Room
‘The shelves say something about the person who has stocked them; they say much.’
Chanel Nº 5
‘The liquid tingled, a subtle electrification, as the scent changed, bloomed, became an extension of the boy himself.’
Threshold | State of Mind
‘What we’re about to see is greater than the thing you’re running from.’
‘You can decide, whenever you like, that what you feel is no kind of love.’
Robert Macfarlane | Is Travel Writing Dead?
‘The best writers rose to the challenge by seeking not originality of destination, but originality of form.’
‘It is important to establish, before this begins, that I never thought of myself as an animal person.’
Daniel Magariel | Five Things Right Now
Daniel Magariel shares five things he’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
The Bonds of Trauma
‘An often-unacknowledged truth about families that deal with addiction is that the bonds of trauma can be as challenging to quit as the habit itself.’