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I come from a place on your bucket list
Deepti Kapoor on travel, authenticity and the peculiarity of being Indian in Uganda.
The Fashion of Kathy Acker
An extract from Chris Kraus’s new biography, After Kathy Acker.
Erika Krouse on her work as a private investigator. ‘An escort service was providing prostitutes for football recruits, directly solicited by the university.’
Olivia Laing | Is Travel Writing Dead?
‘Which bodies can go where might be the central question of our century.’
Yet Trouble Came
Phillip Lewis on writing emotional autobiography. ‘A sincere observation followed by a sincere utterance is the most powerful and effective form of communication.’
Books Do Furnish a Room
‘The shelves say something about the person who has stocked them; they say much.’
Threshold | State of Mind
‘What we’re about to see is greater than the thing you’re running from.’
Robert Macfarlane | Is Travel Writing Dead?
‘The best writers rose to the challenge by seeking not originality of destination, but originality of form.’
The Bonds of Trauma
‘An often-unacknowledged truth about families that deal with addiction is that the bonds of trauma can be as challenging to quit as the habit itself.’
Karan Mahajan | Is Travel Writing Dead?
‘Too often, a kind of travel writing – especially the novel set abroad in an exotic locale – feels like a way of allegorizing and escaping problems at home.’
Among the Citizen Soldiers
Karan Mahajan visits Lexington, Virginia – a centre of the Confederary – in the wake of the far-right rally in Charlottesville.
Hallelujah! A Brief History of Bombing People
Ben Mauk on the West’s longstanding love of missiles, drones, bombs and nukes.
‘For my mother and father, the past and present had both become foreign countries.’
Manifestos | Discoveries
A collection of revolutionary writings and manifestos from Audre Lorde, Eileen Myles, Nelson Mandela, James Baldwin and Occupy Wall Street
This is the Way the World Ends | Discoveries
‘How will the world end? Virus, war, natural disaster, Donald Trump in the library with the candlestick?’
You’ve Got Mail | Discoveries
A collection of fan mail, featuring correspondents James Joyce, Henrik Ibsen, Anthony Burgess, Shirley Jackson and more.
International Women’s Day 2017
‘We want to share with you some of our favourite pieces – published by us and by others – that present clear-headed explorations of gender in our society’
The Hatchet Job | Discoveries
This week's Discoveries celebrates the brutal literary tradition of the hatchet job.
Other-Dimensional Beings | Discoveries
This week’s Discoveries brings you some top-notch urls from around the world wide web.
Cyclical Wisdom | Discoveries
A mash-up of Elif Batuman | Oscar Wilde | David Lynch | Marilynn Robinson | Margaret Atwood | and Viet Thanh Nguyen
Solar Stasis | Discoveries
A cluster of links from across the world wide web, feat. Anthony Lane, Claudia Rankine, David Grossman and more.
People Who Have Met Drake | Discoveries
Discoveries – cool stuff we found online. Featuring Margaret Atwood, Junot Díaz, Rebecca Curtis and more.
Speed Dating the Man Booker Longlist | Discoveries
The Man Booker longlist 2017 has been announced. We’ve put together a speed dating session, introducing you to the work of all thirteen novelists.
Would You Care to Enlarge on That? | Discoveries
Once a fortnight, we make a shameless plea for your elusive attention by sharing our favourite links from across the web.
Godzilla and Sadism | Discoveries
Godzilla, Kathy Acker, Roald Dahl, Frank Bidart and a tribute to John Ashbery in this week's Discoveries – a round-up of writing by the Granta editors.
Tech Sociopaths | Discoveries
A round-up of great writing from around the web – links from the Granta editors.
Grinning Inanity | Discoveries
This week – deconstructing Percy Pig, the middle-class gummy bear, and celebrating Philip Pullman, who has finally written another book.
Doubling and Redoubling | Discoveries
Photographs, e-fiction and daylight saving time. Our favourite pieces published elsewhere this week.
Possessed | State of Mind
‘I am neither fully awake nor entirely asleep. In fact, I wonder if I am even alive.’
Robert Moor remembers hitch-hiking across Newfoundland: ‘The way to pronounce Newfoundland, Bill and Sue instructed me, is to remember that it rhymes with understand.’
If Mother’s Happy
‘Towards the end of my pregnancy, like many women, my emotions were taut, stretched thin like the skin round my middle.’
Best Book of 1818: The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, by E.T.A. Hoffmann
‘What sets Hoffmann’s work apart is the meeting of the joint impulses of Enlightenment and Romantic thought’