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Satin Island

Satin Island: A novel by Tom McCarthy

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Satin Island is an exasperating novel that occasionally hints at being extraordinary, but the reader’s enjoyment of it is constantly thwarted by Tom McCarthy himself. 188 more words

James Holden: The Bureau

Paul had won a small amount of money in a writing competition, and it was burning a hole in his pocket. He decided that he had two choices: use it as funds for entering more competitions, or spend it on himself. 366 more words

James Holden

Borges and Calvino: Invisible Cities and Dreams


…Marco’s answers and objections took their place in a discourse already proceeding on its own, in the Great Khan’s head. That is to say, between the two of them it did not matter whether questions and solutions were uttered aloud or whether each of the two went on pondering in silence.

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Outline: A Novel by Rachel Cusk

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

What a curious, odd and elliptical novel. I am unsure if the word ‘novel’ even applies in this instance. 259 more words


10:04: A Novel by Ben Lerner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are some books that one just clicks with. It is almost instinctive; you feel as if the author is talking to… 661 more words

Jorge Luis Borges: When Fiction Lives In Fiction

Fantastic Borges essay on the history of meta-fiction and its role in literature. After a thorough search of Google I couldn’t find a transcript of this anywhere online so I thought I’d upload mine. 8 more words


Under The Blizzard

Sometimes words are not enough.
Sometimes they are too much.
What then is the writer to do?
He must take his story, crack it like an egg over a bowl and then wade into the gloopy mess.

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