A production company is looking for contestants to participate in a new TV show, modelled on The Apprentice. They are seeking unpublished writers who have completed a novel.
Ingrid Persaud on why Felipe Alfau’s Locos is the best book of 1936.
Lisa Taddeo on why Robert Coover’s Pricksongs & Descants is the best book of 1969.
‘If I tell you a book is an encyclopedic and fast-paced tour of the interrelationship of making art and being in pain, need I say more?’
Novelist, zinester, dancer, go-go-boy, punk, filmmaker, actor, performer, Brontez Purnell is everything.
‘We don’t often talk seriously or in depth about our childhood these days, but we know we could, and we know what good it did us.’
Take a paws from your busy day for this week’s Discoveries – guest edited by Granta’s very own Typo the cat.
Marcel Proust’s letters to his neighbour, translated from the French by Lydia Davis.
‘The death of travel – and of the travel book – has been predicted for almost a century.’
‘My Cairo is an inverted city, one that wears its innards above the skin.’
‘If I wasn’t a fish spawned in the Brenta river, why was I so compelled to keep returning?’ Masahiko Shimada on his many trips to Venice.
‘My burgeoning sense of my own attractiveness, so fragile and recently developed, withered in this less than fertile ground.’
Lucy Scholes on Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo and Rebecca Solnit
‘It would be a bit more tolerable if we lived in a society that didn’t blame depression on its victims.’
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