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John McGahern and the real deal

The philosopher John Moriarty used to say that, if anybody wants to fully understand his work, they only have to read John McGahern’s last novel, That They May Face the Rising Sun. Truly, the novel’s consecration of the Irish countryside,

John McGahern and the real deal

The philosopher John Moriarty used to say that, if anybody wants to fully understand his work, they only have to read John McGahern’s last novel, That They May Face the Rising Sun. Truly, the novel’s consecration of the Irish countryside,

Gaze Back

  Twisted and unconventional, Marylyn Tan’s debut poetry collection Gaze Back opens with a poem about, in her own words, “steaming up your vagina.” Exploring themes such as sexuality, queerness, and the female body, this poem is a strong introduction

Gaze Back

  Twisted and unconventional, Marylyn Tan’s debut poetry collection Gaze Back opens with a poem about, in her own words, “steaming up your vagina.” Exploring themes such as sexuality, queerness, and the female body, this poem is a strong introduction

The Nail that Sticks Out Gets Hammered In

Just as disability and race are not exclusively personal issues but also political and social ones, weighted and shaped by entrenched discrimination and exclusion, these stories give insight to the diverse and sometimes intersectional experiences that come under the somewhat

The Nail that Sticks Out Gets Hammered In

Just as disability and race are not exclusively personal issues but also political and social ones, weighted and shaped by entrenched discrimination and exclusion, these stories give insight to the diverse and sometimes intersectional experiences that come under the somewhat

Presence of City, Absence of Character

  Elif Shafak is a Turkish author, minority rights activist, and public speaker. Her latest novel 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World has recently been published. It has also been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and, ironically, is

Presence of City, Absence of Character

  Elif Shafak is a Turkish author, minority rights activist, and public speaker. Her latest novel 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World has recently been published. It has also been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and, ironically, is

A Queer and Quiet Resistance

  Sergius Seeks Bacchus is the debut poetry collection by Indonesian writer and poet Norman Erikson Pasaribu, translated into English by Tiffany Tsao. Rooted in Pasaribu’s identity as a queer person of Batak descent and Christian upbringing, Sergius Seeks Bacchus

A Queer and Quiet Resistance

  Sergius Seeks Bacchus is the debut poetry collection by Indonesian writer and poet Norman Erikson Pasaribu, translated into English by Tiffany Tsao. Rooted in Pasaribu’s identity as a queer person of Batak descent and Christian upbringing, Sergius Seeks Bacchus

Fabricated Love

  Stephanie Wood’s Fake is a deeply disturbing and very candid account of her romantic relationship with Joe, a retired architect who now leads the ‘simple life’ alongside his loyal kelpie – or so she initially thinks. At a glance,

Fabricated Love

  Stephanie Wood’s Fake is a deeply disturbing and very candid account of her romantic relationship with Joe, a retired architect who now leads the ‘simple life’ alongside his loyal kelpie – or so she initially thinks. At a glance,

King’s Return Is Familiar But Satisfying

After more than 60 books, novellas and countless short stories, one might wonder if Stephen King still has that je-ne-sais-quoi when it comes to telling an enthralling story. Yes, he still has it. Stephen King is frequently pigeon-holed as a

King’s Return Is Familiar But Satisfying

After more than 60 books, novellas and countless short stories, one might wonder if Stephen King still has that je-ne-sais-quoi when it comes to telling an enthralling story. Yes, he still has it. Stephen King is frequently pigeon-holed as a