On the Refugee Crisis
‘Europe, my love. You have such a long history; and oftentimes such a short memory.’
A Double-Income Family
When Mrs Mehra leaves Delhi she retires in one of ‘the vast new satellite townships on the eastern fringes of the metropolis’.
The Ghost in the Kimono
Deep in the dense volume of Delhi’s history Raghu Kardad investigates ‘the remarkable, untold story of the Japanese in the Old Fort’.
About Her and the Memories That Belong to Her
‘If I were to forget, then it would be the same as it never having existed at all.’
‘What I am equipped to do is different / Than what I have been called for.’
Five Things Right Now: Noelle Kocot
‘This is not only poetic, to think of the Creator as a big bird, but also quite mysterious.’
‘Selecting the right kind of a tomato was crucial for the scam to work.’
‘In more ways than one, the rituals of death had reminded me that I was an outsider.’
Best Book of 2015: After The Dance
Dimitry Elias Léger on why Jan Gaye's After the Dance is the best book of 2015.
‘I sent messages in nine point font / arcing through the Internet, asking him / do you believe in our heavenly Father?’
Best Book of 2017: Shadowbahn
Jonathan Lethem on why Steve Erickson's Shadowbahn is the best book of a year to come.
Five Things Right Now: Kelly Link
Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble shares five links to what she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
‘As a kid, he played video games and roughhoused on the beach and joined a gang.’
‘The effort to know a place deeply is, ultimately, an expression of the human desire to belong, to fit somewhere.’
Five Things Right Now: Caroline Lucas
Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP and author of Honorable Friends?, shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about.
Five Things Right Now: Valeria Luiselli
Valeria Luiselli, published her most recent novel, The Story of My Teeth, last month. She shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
Five Things Right Now: Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado, author of ‘The Husband Stitch’, shares five links to what she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
‘I have heard the item girls singing each to each. / I do not think they will sing to me.’
George and Elizabeth
‘She could see, or was starting to, that someone out there was seeing him, watching him.’
It was discovered that gut bacteria were responsible
‘Each bacterium was entitled to pay / a fee in the form of mitochondrial energy to purchase / a ‘dream token’ to be dropped into a Potential Well.’
‘Things started going wrong at my ten-year college reunion – or I guess I mean that I realized how wrong they had gone.’
Travel Notes About Death
‘The first notes I take are about a man who was born, grew up, worked, was married, had a daughter, grew old, and died in the same village.’
The Exorcism of Doctor Escudero
‘His body was like a rock. It wasn’t his. It was like he was possessed.’
Empathy and the New Refugee Crisis
‘What does it take to remind people that you are human?’
‘They party in the woods / as if they were meant for pleasure / not timber.’
The Buzzard’s Egg
‘I can’t remember: did a young man destroy his miserable god, or did a god free its worshipper and take his blood and his bones?’