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‘Get ready for a better world.’
Katy Whitehead on synthetic fun.
Best Book of 1987: The Door
‘Szabó offers a veneration of the rituals of the everyday, for how pride in what we do, in how we give to others, can elevate us.’ Hannah Williams on The Door by Magda Szabó, the best book of 1987.
Ludmila Ulitskaya | On Europe
‘It seems clear to me that during the past ten years, Russia has reached the apex of its estrangement from Europe.’ Translated from the Russian by Polly Gannon.
‘Migration will not stop: if there is a single lesson to be taken home from Lesbos it is that.’
How to Take a Literary Selfie
Sylvie Weil on what it means to take a literary selfie. Translated from the French by Ros Schwartz.
A Woman Screaming
‘I realized that neither revenge nor compulsive storytelling would release me from this pain.’
My Writing Playlist
Ed Vulliamy on the nine best songs to listen to while you write.
The Resurgence of the Monstrous Feminine
‘Despite the sheer and uncommunicable amount of violence enacted upon the female body throughout history, it’s woman as terroriser, as beast, that we keep coming back to.’
‘Self-doubt, which is a cousin to self-hatred, became my constant companion.’
How to Write About Africa
‘Always end your book with Nelson Mandela saying something about rainbows or renaissances. Because you care.’
All I Know About Gertrude Stein
‘The more I love you, the more I feel alone.’
Radicalisation in the Digital Age
Marc Weitzmann on how radicalisation happens in the digital age.
Best Book of 1999: Ai’s Vice
‘I love Ai’s work because it gives me permission and reminds me that poetry invented fiction. I needed that in 1999 and I need it today.’