Everything under ‘Everything Under’

(from a conversation with students) New Kanye. Ye. Not ye, as in ‘come all ye faithful’, but Ye as in Kanye. Kan-yay. But Yeezy. It’s pronounced Yee-zee, not Yay-zee they said. Yes, but that’s with the extra ‘e’. And since when has Kanye cared about phonetics? He rhymes live with serious, them with apartment, and cousins with dumb. Kanye even […]

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Reading Remedies (Part I)

I finished rereading A.S. Byatt’s The Children’s Book. Last time I read it I wrote myself a hangover cure: visit the V&A museum, take up pottery, frolic in the English countryside, read Peter Pan, drink tea, sleep. So, behold, a collection of cures for that book that made you suffer: the best of the reading remedies […]

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Mythology in the Modern Age

Summer is upon us. And with it comes long days reading in the sun. A week ago I spent one said day with Madeline Miller’s newest novel Circe, a retelling of The Odyssey’s witch of Aeaea. The new hardback bent and warped in the heat, and my damp hands made imprints on the pages – puckered them like […]

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Pixel Picks. XVI

Pixel Picks – occasional links from around the web: interviews, articles, essays, poetry, fiction and non. This one brings Ali Smith (always), angry females, libraries and trees, literary movements, and walking tunes. Enjoy. One of my favourite lit mags, Five Dials, published an Ali Smith short story titled The Female Gays. I’m a hoe for anything Ali Smith, […]

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