Killing Commendatore

A new Murakami is a strange and wonderful thing. A tome, destined to be read by millions and perfectly formed as a material object – bound in circles, that seemingly constant shape that seems to run throughout his work, and echoed across dust covers and paperbacks alike. How does one begin when writing about the […]

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Reading Remedies (Part IV)

I finished rereading A.S. Byatt’s The Children’s Book. Last time I read it I wrote myself a hangover cure: visit the V&A museum, take up pottery, frolic in the English countryside, read Peter Pan, drink tea, sleep. So, behold, a collection of cures for that book that made you suffer: the best of the reading remedies. Normal […]

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PIXEL PICKS. XVII

Pixel Picks – occasional links from around the web: interviews, articles, essays, poetry, fiction and non. This one brings cures and clothes, poetry and podcasts. Enjoy. Recently devoured Sophie Mackintosh’s The Water Cure and have been internetting anything about her I can. You can see echoes of the novel in this story of hers. Women and clothes and […]

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Our Shelves are Our Selves

Laying low with a migraine and looking past the hazy globes of light that mar my vision and thinking about looking at the shelves of other people. It used to be only when I walked into the home of someone else, or their office, or in glimpses of strangers (cracking the spines on the train, […]

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