The Parable of the Superhero Movie

You’ve been bitten by a radioactive spider. Or, you come from a doomed planet in the far reaches of space. Maybe, you’re a god, or the child of a god-king. Perhaps you are just an incredibly rich billionaire, philanthropist, playboy or, heaven forbid, orphan. But, the crux of the story is - you have power. [...]

Why we read: the joy of books

There is an ubiquity of apps these days which condense books into snippets or short video/audio presentations. I like the idea. After all, time is the rarest ‘commodity’ in today’s world. (The self quarantine that many of us are currently going through has given us a new sense of the value of personal time.) However, [...]

What good writers do | OUPblog

Good writers exist somewhere in most organizations. When responding to complaints, they tend to do the same things and make it look deceptively easy: They assess the problem and decide what they want to achieve. They plan, which gives them a clear structure. In longer letters, they use subheadings. They use simple sentences (average 15–20 [...]

What We Can Learn (and Should Unlearn) From Albert Camus’s The Plague | Literary Hub

Usually a question like this is theoretical: What would it be like to find your town, your state, your country, shut off from the rest of the world, its citizens confined to their homes, as a contagion spreads, infecting thousands, and subjecting thousands more to quarantine? How would you cope if an epidemic disrupted daily [...]

The Best Reviewed Books of the Week | Book Marks

Kate Elizabeth Russell’s My Dark Vanessa, Rebecca Solnit’s Memoirs of My Nonexistence, Deb Olin Unferth’s Barn 8, and James S. Shapiro’s Shakespeare in a Divided America all feature among the Best Reviewed Books of the Week. — Read on

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Superintelligent AI: On Wiliam Gibson’s “Agency” – Los Angeles Review of Books

NEUROMANCER, COUNT ZERO, Mona Lisa Overdrive; Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties; Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History: William Gibson works in threes. Agency is the second novel of what is almost certainly going to be a trilogy. The first novel, titled The Peripheral, was a New York Times best seller notable for its heady [...]

Special Issue on Qiu Miaojin: The Final Novel | HONG KONG REVIEW OF BOOKS 香港書評

In the first of its kind for the HKRB, Carolyn Lau curates a special issue on the pioneer of Taiwanese queer literature, Qiu Miaojin (邱妙津). In this previously untranslated introduction to Last Words from Montmartre, writer and philosopher Hélène Cixous gives a powerful sketch of her former student, Qiu Miaojin. “Chinese Orpheus” — Read on [...]

Paris Review – The Art of Poetry No. 83

Billy Collins has been appointed the new poet laureate by the Library of Congress, now the newest of a distinguished list that among others includes Robert Penn Warren, Joseph Brodsky, Robert Pinsky, and most recently, Stanley Kunitz. Collins’s credentials, despite starting a career as a poet at the late age of forty, are impressive indeed. [...]

Paris Review – The Art of Fiction No. 246

Rachel Cusk was born in Canada in 1967 to British parents, who moved the family to Los Angeles, then to England, where Cusk lives to this day. She began publishing in her midtwenties—clever and assured novels featuring men and women attempting, with little success, to manage their anchorless lives in a bewildering, loveless world. Then, [...]