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 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 Sebastian 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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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 STORIES 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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IF THE EMMYS CARED (ABOUT ORIGINALITY)

The Emmys are just around the corner, and even though this year's schedule means Game of Thrones can't be nominated, it still looks like the Occam's razor will decide this season's winners. But what if the Emmys only cared about one factor: originality? Who would win on that basis alone?

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THE AUTHOR IS NOT DEAD: KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD

Two weeks ago, Karl Ove Knausgaard was at the Edinburgh Book Festival presenting his new project: a season quartet starting with the newly released AUTUMN. But his previous work, MY STRUGGLE, seems to be at the epicenter of a growing movement in literature today. The first in a series of articles on this movement, we take here a closer look at one of its major proponents. 

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