On Olivia Laing's Crudo: Who is Kathy Acker?

After having published carefully researched and masterfully written books on drinking, writing, and loneliness, Olivia Laing put out Crudo last week. A fictional story set in a very non-fictional moment in time, Crudo is in essence an attempt to capture, and make sense of, the experience of living through the summer of 2017, and going through that experience one moment at a time.

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Platon
Novelising a Song: Samantha Harvey's Dear Thief and Leonard Cohen

Dear Thief is not merely inspired by “Famous Blue Raincoat” – it is not an adaptation or a cover of that one song, but it’s a literary expression of several Leonard Cohen songs that dominate Harvey’s language from time to time but are always there as a thematic undercurrent that carries the entire book.

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Gallows Humour: What's The Best Joke You Heard in Prison?

There are two books at the centre of this story: the first is Marcel Proust’s seven-volume masterpiece À la Recherche du Temps Perdu. Here’s what I know about it: it’s apparently a huge undertaking to read, and also one of the most acclaimed literary works of last century. The second work that comes into play is Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84.

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A Very Brief History Of Metamodernism

One recent revelation in the world of vague, amorphous philosophical concepts is that of Metamodernism, an attempted follow-up to Postmodernism. Metamodernism, much like working public transport, wooden clogs, and blacking up for Christmas, was thought up by the Dutch. 

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Sam Ha
A Novel Soundtrack: Our Endless Numbered Days

I listen to music while I write, finding a play list that suits the tone of the book I’m writing, and I’ll play that list over and over for two years until I no longer hear any lyrics, but the mood seeps into what I’m writing. With Our Endless Numbered Days I listened to 150 tracks by Iron and Wine...

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Claire Fuller
The Author Is Not Dead: Bruno Schulz

It seems that every writer who comes in contact with the stories of Bruno Schulz feels a need to get deeper into the world of Bruno Schulz. We feel an intuitive need to understand the code of him, to decipher, as if his stories were only found fragments that we have to piece together to the best our ability.

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Anders Wennesland
A Novel Soundtrack: How To Be Both

I know you love reading books, but do you like listening to them too? There are novels that carry a lot of music within them, and Ali Smith's How To Be Both is such a novel. Songs that relate to the main characters' lives, and also a soundtrack for an enhanced reading experience.

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The Author Is Not Dead: W.G. Sebald And Bruno Schulz

There are two specific authors who come to mind when I think of playfulness and unreliability in writing: W.G. Sebald, the German born writer and academic who only had time to write four brilliant novels before he tragically died in a car accident, and Bruno Schulz, who only had time to publish two short-story collections.

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Anders Wennesland
3 Genuinely Good Books Written During NaNoWriMo

Every fellow writer participating in National Novel Writing Month woke up this morning with probably the same mix of excitement and dread. Excitement, because we finally get to start writing our novel, and dread, because 50k words still seems a long way to go. Today's motivation comes in the form of these three novels written during NaNoWriMo. You can do it too!

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5 Halloween Short Sories You Can Read Right Now

Halloween is fast upon us, and if you've been waiting for the  gloom and creepiness that's in the air at this time of year, then you'll also be looking forward to sit by a fireplace or by candlelight and read some spine-chilling ghost stories to get in the mood.

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The Author Is Not Dead: Rachel Cusk (Part I)

In 2013, Rachel Cusk went to Athens to teach Creative Writing at a Summer School organized by Kingston University Writing School. A year later, she published Outline, a book about that trip and the stories people shared with her. For Cusk, but also for the genre we are discussing in this series, Outline was a turning point. How did it play out?

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5 Short Stories You Can Read Right Now

The short story is a delicate form of writing because of this brevity that allows only the very best writers to capture the reader's heart and mind in just a few pages. For the very best short story writers, a five page story can be more powerful than a seven book series. So, here's a list of 5 short stories that can easily be read in one short go, but will have you thinking about them for hours or days to come.

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Leonard Cohen: A Life In Art

Eighty-three years to the day since he was born, and almost a year since his passing, Leonard Cohen subtly attracts a large following around his persona and, now, legacy. A new music video celebrating his life and work was just released, and a memorial concert to take place in Montreal in November was announced by his son. Here's a look at a remarkable life in art.

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The Author Is Not Dead: Lidia Yuknavitch

In the second part of this series of articles investigating the complexity of writing from an inevitable self, Lidia Yuknavitch's ideas on memory and fiction vs. memoir are illustrated by a series of examples. How do we create and preserve memories? More importantly, how do we access them, and how do they change between creation and recollection?

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