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People From My Neighbourhood: Behind the Scenes
Clare Skeats on the cover design for Hiromi Kawakami’s latest book of stories, translated by Ted Goossen.
People From My Neighbourhood
‘First prize went to the dog school principal, who of course had submitted a cartoon dog.’ Translated from the Japanese by Ted Goossen.
We knew Trump’s range: government by gesture; obfuscation and lying; self-praise; stoking fear and issuing threats.
‘I would explain to you then, if I could, the theory that in the case of hairline shape, there are two possible variants or alleles: straight, or widow’s peak.’
The Museum of Whales You Will Never See
‘The Icelandic Phallological Museum is smaller than you’d think. The domestic collection of 212 specimens fits in one room.’
‘The church has no thoughts. The church is brick and glass. If they ever slept there, they would see that.’
An excerpt from Kevin Maxwell’s exposé of structural racism in the British police force.
To All My Past Neighbors
‘Connections are being forged, even as we keep our distance. Let’s hold onto them in the after.’
Jessica Francis Kane on neighbourliness in the time of COVID-19.
‘Sometimes, in the midst of one of our arguments, he would say to me sadly, I understand you more if I understand less.’
What History Tells Us About Epidemics
‘From when we first began living together in settlements, bacteria and viruses were with us, replicating, mutating and jumping species with extraordinary agility.’
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War and Virus
‘Wars, national disasters and pandemics do not cause social disintegration – they reveal it, and deepen it.’
Vesna Maric on the difference between wars and viruses.