REVIEW: FELIX CULPA, BY JEREMY GAVRON (2018)

Felix Culpa is a short noir made up (almost) entirely of sentences taken from about 100 other texts—mostly novels (from Calvino to Tolkien, Raymond Chandler to Cormac McCarthy), but also the King James Bible, Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf, Elmore Leonard's tips for writers, and a choice selection of literary non-fiction, including director Werner Herzog's … Continue reading REVIEW: FELIX CULPA, BY JEREMY GAVRON (2018)

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REVIEW: THINGS A BRIGHT GIRL CAN DO, BY SALLY NICHOLLS (2017)

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave British women the right vote—though only women who were relatively wealthy and/or educated. (It was only in 1928, with the Equal Suffrage Act, that women were given exactly the same voting rights as men.) As my own small way … Continue reading REVIEW: THINGS A BRIGHT GIRL CAN DO, BY SALLY NICHOLLS (2017)

KESHIKI: A GUIDE TO STRANGERS PRESS’S SERIES OF CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE WRITING

Some books are like puzzles. And it's hard for me to resist thinking about Strangers Press's Keshiki series of contemporary Japanese writing as, specifically, a jigsaw puzzle. Most publishers would probably have gathered these stories in a single anthology, but Strangers decided to split them up into eight chapbooks, each between just over 30 and … Continue reading KESHIKI: A GUIDE TO STRANGERS PRESS’S SERIES OF CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE WRITING