A collection of thoughts after re-reading The Goldfinch (transcribed from marginalia): Theo’s mother dies on April 10th. April 10th is the 100th day of the year. I think Donna Tartt hides herself in her male characters. “I was very taken with the idea that a person might notice in passing some bewitching stranger and remember […]Read more "Transcribed from Marginalia: The Goldfinch"
I went ‘wild’ camping in the Scottish Highlands and it was nothing like camping in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was a tall order, thinking I could wild camp for ten days in the Scottish Highlands. I’ve been camping before – as a child, with friends, or at festivals – but I’ve never been […]Read more "Muggles go Wild Camping"
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit (a much anticipated reread, and because getting lost is the whole point) City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg (big enough to last me days) Attrib by Eley Williams (short stories for short tempers) Ariel by Sylvia Plath (a little poetry goes a long way) Crow by […]Read more "A Reading List for Wild Camping in The Scottish Highlands"
Reading T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land is synonymous with literary snobbery, especially if one claims to understand the entire thing. As I’ve written before, and as I will most likely be writing for for years to come, The Waste Land fucks me up, strips back everything I thought I knew about reading and writing and forces me to […]Read more "I learnt The Tarot so I could become a better reader"
Every year, usually when the days begin to get shorter, the nights longer, and the cold gives me an excuse to stay inside, I re-read the entire Harry Potter series. Some years I will binge read them all within two weeks, surfacing dazed and drunk on words (when this happens I mope around for a […]Read more "Emotional Baggage: The Power of Re-reading"
Pixel Picks – weekly(ish) links from around the web: interviews, articles, essays, poetry, fiction and non. This week brings books in translation, The Smiths, poetry annotation, the tarot, and Potter news. Enjoy. Waiting in the Library line: for book one of Karl Ove Knausgård tome. The Paris Review interviewed the one who is translating it. This […]Read more "Pixel Picks. XIII"
Pixel Picks – weekly(ish) links from around the web: interviews, articles, essays, poetry, fiction and non. Enjoy. F is for Feminism: Lenny Letter is an awesome email newsletter, the most recent one has a sassy essay from Jennifer Lawrence about the gender pay gap. A Novel Outfit: from Sherlock to The Little Prince, kids in literary costumes. Hangover […]Read more "Pixel Picks. VIII"
Pixel Picks – weekly(ish) links from around the web: interviews, articles, essays, poetry, fiction and non. Enjoy. Better as a Badger: An article from The Atlantic about why Hufflepuff isn’t as bad as everyone thinks Twytter: The Twitter feed of the author who nearly turned me off literature The other side: A little part of me […]Read more "Pixel Picks. VII"
Pixel Picks – weekly links from around the web: interviews, articles, essays, poetry, fiction and non. Enjoy. Required Reading: a definitive list of what college professors are teaching this year The f-word AND the s-word: an article from Brain Pickings on the taboo topic – female sexuality Floopads, Spell-Phones, and Butterbeer frappucinos: What Hogwarts would be […]Read more "Pixel Picks. VI"
The Great Gatsby, Harry Potter, Looking for Alaska, The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Color Purple, The Lord of the Flies, 1984, Brave New World, Animal Farm, The Fault in Our Stars, The Lord of the Rings, The Kite Runner, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Persepolis. Books that have passed through […]Read more "On Banned Books"