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May 24: Empathy

May 24: To represent itself at the 2017 Venice Biennale, South Africa has chosen an odd couple.

Mohau Modisakeng (*1986, Soweto) presents Passage (2017), a three-channel video installation that shows three characters, each in a small, stark white boat shot in aerial view; each struggles as their vessel fills with water until they sink completely, the boats becoming coffins. 1,544 more words


‘Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head? : The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot

This is the second post in my series on T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922). It’s a poem that I never managed to study, but which has always intrigued me. 1,295 more words

Books And Stuff

May 21: Appearances

May 21: The term ‘society photographer’ conjures up images of expensively dressed glitterati at garden parties, or weddings photos of the rich and famous. It is time to reconsider the meaning of the label and its importance as a genre. 2,337 more words


BookTalk event, 14 June 2017: Harry Potter—Twenty Years Later

June 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in the series that was to change the landscape of children’s literature publishing worldwide. 374 more words


The Story of a Brief Marriage, by Anuk Arudpragasam

Anuk Arudpragasam’s The Story of a Brief Marriage captures the same feeling of ponderous mindfulness of L’Étranger by Albert CamusThe main character, Dinesh, has been living every day as though it’s his last. 483 more words


Short story: "Agnes of Iowa"

“Agnes of Iowa,” by Lorrie Moore

Appeared in Granta 54: Best of Young American Novelists, June 20th, 1996 (online here)

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I like the use of repetition here: 223 more words

Book review: In Europe, Travels Through the Twentieth Century by Geert Mak

Europe is agitated and restless – it always has been.

In Europe, by the Dutch journalist and historian Geert Mak, gives a century of context to today’s anxieties. 446 more words