Akhil Sharma, a Granta Best Young American Novelist and author of new novel Family Life, shares five things he’s reading, watching and thinking about.
‘What is your guiltiest pleasure? Is it really a pleasure if you feel bad about it?’
‘From her letters we learn about the woman as opposed to the writer. Iris Murdoch’s philosophy and fiction reveal her rational public face; in her letters she speaks from the heart.’
‘I suppose if something moves me to write, I don't question it.’
Darcey Steinke, author of Sister Golden Hair, shares five links of what she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
‘For me, astrology’s opened this new language and field of understanding.’
Katy Simpson Smith shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, shares five things he’s reading, watching and thinking about.
Sarah Thornton, author of 33 Artists, 3 Acts, shares five links of what she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
A discussion of the mind of Abraham Lincoln, the art of creating historical voices, verbal improv and writing the afterlife.
‘When I met her, I kept thinking: is she looking at me? Or rather, is she looking inside me?’
Gwendoline Riley on Caspar David Friedrich, sketching and Chekhov.
We talk to the winner of the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
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