Best Book of 2015: After The Dance
Dimitry Elias Léger on why Jan Gaye's After the Dance is the best book of 2015.
Best Book of 2017: Shadowbahn
Jonathan Lethem on why Steve Erickson's Shadowbahn is the best book of a year to come.
Five Things Right Now: Noelle Kocot
‘This is not only poetic, to think of the Creator as a big bird, but also quite mysterious.’
‘This was the morning I discovered the anatomy of a hair.’ New fiction by Guadalupe Nettel, translated from the Spanish by Rahul Bery.
‘The effort to know a place deeply is, ultimately, an expression of the human desire to belong, to fit somewhere.’
George and Elizabeth
‘She could see, or was starting to, that someone out there was seeing him, watching him.’
‘What I am equipped to do is different / Than what I have been called for.’
‘They party in the woods / as if they were meant for pleasure / not timber.’
Hunters in the Snow
‘The hunters have all failed, / the three hunters and their forlorn dogs / now arriving home from the mountain / which thunders above their village’
‘I sent messages in nine point font / arcing through the Internet, asking him / do you believe in our heavenly Father?’
‘We missed our moment, reading the classics in semi-virtual travel agencies.’
‘As a kid, he played video games and roughhoused on the beach and joined a gang.’
On the Refugee Crisis
‘I imagine that each of my migrant forebears needed a bit of help on each arrival, a bit of human decency’
Empathy and the New Refugee Crisis
‘What does it take to remind people that you are human?’
On the Refugee Crisis
‘Europe, my love. You have such a long history; and oftentimes such a short memory.’
The Exorcism of Doctor Escudero
‘His body was like a rock. It wasn’t his. It was like he was possessed.’
Travel Notes About Death
‘The first notes I take are about a man who was born, grew up, worked, was married, had a daughter, grew old, and died in the same village.’
About Her and the Memories That Belong to Her
‘If I were to forget, then it would be the same as it never having existed at all.’
‘Things started going wrong at my ten-year college reunion – or I guess I mean that I realized how wrong they had gone.’
Five Things Right Now: Caroline Lucas
Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP and author of Honorable Friends?, shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about.
Five Things Right Now: Valeria Luiselli
Valeria Luiselli, published her most recent novel, The Story of My Teeth, last month. She shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
Her Lousy Shoes
‘On good days, he could believe that that was exactly what he appeared to be: pedestrian, a pedestrian, a walker, walking, going places, on the ups, possessing two healthy feet at least.’
It was discovered that gut bacteria were responsible
‘Each bacterium was entitled to pay / a fee in the form of mitochondrial energy to purchase / a ‘dream token’ to be dropped into a Potential Well.’
Nothing Ever Happens Here
‘I was broke, and I was a nobody, but I was happy.’ A story from Otessa Moshfegh about a young man moving to Hollywood.
The Buzzard’s Egg
‘I can’t remember: did a young man destroy his miserable god, or did a god free its worshipper and take his blood and his bones?’
‘My father has his own language for everything. When I finished my MFA, I was a NINJA: No Income, No Job, No Assets.’
Lagos Must Prosper
21 million people, $91 billion GDP, an ambitious governor whose term is up: Alexis Okeowo on the megacity of Lagos
‘I have heard the item girls singing each to each. / I do not think they will sing to me.’