Best Book of 1984: Amalgamemnon
Joanna Walsh on why Christine Brooke-Rose's Amalgamemnon is the best book of 1984.
Best Book of 1970: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
Why Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is the best book of 1970.
To the Ocean
‘At the desk they said they encouraged guests not to walk, but she was determined’
Five Things Right Now: Joanna Walsh
Joanna Walsh shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about.
‘After all, they were landlady and tenant; what right did he have to meddle?’
‘There was a time in my life when I lived in hotels. Around this time, the time I did not spend in hotels was time I did not live.’
‘For us, discomfort is a hard feeling. / Almost as hard as hate. / Almost as hard as fear.’
Evie Wyld | Five Things Right Now
Evie Wyld shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about.
‘And now that he is body-less, / he speaks through us. / You could say. Although / I myself have not caught / a Pope.’
She had already imagined it all, so much so that when she finally did see him, she felt unable to speak.
A Thousand Splendid Stuns
‘More important than anything else that fateful year was the life-defining transcendence of Peter Gabriel.’
‘We are nearing the conclusion of this anatomy. / We are strung between the point of ending, and / the point of having started.’
Poor Lucky Kolyvanova
‘The red girls’ school stood opposite a grey boys’ school, built five years after it as if to proclaim the rational symmetry of the world.’
Life and Breasts
‘My reminder of mortality came in early 2010, and I found the narrative that followed raw but completely engrossing. For the present, but only for the present, it is behind me.’