‘The system wants us to want to belong, at almost any price.’
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.
John Kaag, author of Hiking with Nietzsche, camps out in the mountains of the Engadine where Nietzsche wrote Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
Sandra Newman on why Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard is the best book of 1952.
Magogodi oaMphela Makhene on Mark Behr’s The Smell of Apples.
Noor Naga on why The Crocodiles by Youssef Rakha is the best book of 2013.
Chigozie Obioma on Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, the best book of 2014.
Lucia Osborne-Crowley on why The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson is the best book of 2015.
Mazen Maarouf on why A Thousand and One Nights is the best book of any year.
‘The contours of the family arranged on the bookshelf shifted.’
Fatima Farheen Mirza on navigating gender roles in a Muslim family, wearing hijab and learning how to box.
‘Many of the people I was living with considered me a white vampire, who killed to extract human fat.’ Jeremy Narby on the Amazonian myth of the white vampire.
‘The wave had erupted with such force that it obliterated the glass lobby.‘ Translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor.
Jennifer Kabat on the Anti-Rent War, one of the earliest moments of rural populism in the US, and something few know about outside the Catskill Mountains.
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