Rob Magnuson Smith on why Frank Norris' The Octopus is the best book of 1901.
Louise Stern on why Pedro Páramo is the best book of 1955.
‘It was a wonderful day of high summer in the Stockholm archipelago.’
‘There is an apocalyptic feeling in the air. I write the day after the news that the IS have blown up parts of the ancient site of Palmyra.’
‘It created not just a climate of fear, but also a landscape of secrets.’
‘What is left? What is he to wrap himself in, now that everything has floated off into space?’
‘We see things most folks can’t.’
‘didn’t antlers grow from his head / whenever my mother’s back was turned?’
‘To the delight of the little kids, who had seen a good deal of killing in their lives, a middle-aged man blew soap bubbles.’
‘What would it take to turn the downward spiral of anti-refugee policies around?’
Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, shares five things he’s reading, watching and thinking about.
‘So the dolphins talks, talks, over thirty distinguishable sounds.’
‘Possession takes many forms, and at the heart of it is death and dereliction, invasion and submission.’
‘Loneliness is the extra, the part that’s unnecessary.’
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