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‘Get ready for a better world.’
Katy Whitehead on synthetic fun.
The Third Rainbow Girl
‘I felt ruined by my time in Pocahontas County – no other place would ever be so good.’
An excerpt from Emma Copley Eisenberg’s The Third Rainbow Girl.
Top Reads 2019 | Non-Fiction
A round-up of our ten most popular non-fiction posts in 2019.
Goat-Herd Errant: Jim Corbett and the American borderlands
‘The book is a manifesto for the revival of pastoral nomadism – leading goats from pasture to pasture and surviving on their milk and wild plants.’ William Atkins on Jim Corbett’s Goatwalking.
Just As It Was
‘Unnatural is as fitting a term as any to describe the life Athill went on to lead, in that the choices she makes continually push against the conventions of her upbringing, class and gender. ’
In Broad Daylight
Johanna Ekström on memory and assault. Translated from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles.
Foraging for the infamous liberty cap mushroom in Dublin.
‘At the root of my interest in both drugs and art was the longing for an encounter with otherness.’
On Europe | Peter Stamm
Peter Stamm on the Swiss referendum to join the EU. Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann.
A Language of Figs
Sema Kaygusuz on the inheritances of genocide and historical memory, and what her own grandmother, a survivor of the Dersim Massacre in Turkey, taught her about life and language.
‘Somewhere in-between is the truth. Somewhere in-between is the story, or at least the European story.’
‘It was also mainly Viennese Jews who, between 6 May and 10 October 1942, were murdered in Maly Trostinets. Tens of thousands of Jews from elsewhere died there too, together with Soviet soldiers, Belarusian citizens, both Jewish and Christian, and partisans.’
Tom McCarthy | On Europe
‘Like theatre itself, Europe is a contraption, a machine.’