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Large Black Rooster
‘Early one morning in the month of June, someone ran over a huge black rooster on County Road W in Wisconsin hill country.’
The Bible As Literature, Literature As Scripture
'Literature and literary criticism took me away from the Church as a teenager, and literature and literary criticism brought me back to it later.'
Abuse, Silence, and the Light That Virginia Woolf Switched On
When Virginia Woolf was thirteen, she was abused by her half-brother George Duckworth. No one believed her - not even her biographers. April Ayers Lawson on Woolf's abuse, and her own.
Equal Recognition | Discoveries
In an article for the LA Review of Books, Deborah Smith discusses the politics of literary translation and the backlash she received after winning the Man Booker International Prize.
Doubling and Redoubling | Discoveries
Photographs, e-fiction and daylight saving time. Our favourite pieces published elsewhere this week.
Mary O’Donoghue | Notes on Craft
In this new series, we give authors a space to discuss the way they write – from technique and style to inspirations that inform their craft.
Grinning Inanity | Discoveries
This week – deconstructing Percy Pig, the middle-class gummy bear, and celebrating Philip Pullman, who has finally written another book.
Among the Citizen Soldiers
Karan Mahajan visits Lexington, Virginia – a centre of the Confederary – in the wake of the far-right rally in Charlottesville.
Tech Sociopaths | Discoveries
A round-up of great writing from around the web – links from the Granta editors.
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.’
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.
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.’
Hallelujah! A Brief History of Bombing People
Ben Mauk on the West’s longstanding love of missiles, drones, bombs and nukes.
Possessed | State of Mind
‘I am neither fully awake nor entirely asleep. In fact, I wonder if I am even alive.’
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.
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.’
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.
People Who Have Met Drake | Discoveries
Discoveries – cool stuff we found online. Featuring Margaret Atwood, Junot Díaz, Rebecca Curtis and more.
‘For my mother and father, the past and present had both become foreign countries.’
Solar Stasis | Discoveries
A cluster of links from across the world wide web, feat. Anthony Lane, Claudia Rankine, David Grossman and more.
Cyclical Wisdom | Discoveries
A mash-up of Elif Batuman | Oscar Wilde | David Lynch | Marilynn Robinson | Margaret Atwood | and Viet Thanh Nguyen
Other-Dimensional Beings | Discoveries
This week’s Discoveries brings you some top-notch urls from around the world wide web.
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.’
The Hatchet Job | Discoveries
This week's Discoveries celebrates the brutal literary tradition of the hatchet job.
I come from a place on your bucket list
Deepti Kapoor on travel, authenticity and the peculiarity of being Indian in Uganda.
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.’
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.’
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’
You’ve Got Mail | Discoveries
A collection of fan mail, featuring correspondents James Joyce, Henrik Ibsen, Anthony Burgess, Shirley Jackson and more.
Olivia Laing | Is Travel Writing Dead?
‘Which bodies can go where might be the central question of our century.’