Category Archives: Literature & Criticism

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

A Theory of the Aphorism

  For a literary form as pervasive as the aphorism, it is a great surprise that it is not as widely studied as it is received – and transmitted. With a history that is far-reaching and multi-cultural, the aphorism stands

A Theory of the Aphorism

  For a literary form as pervasive as the aphorism, it is a great surprise that it is not as widely studied as it is received – and transmitted. With a history that is far-reaching and multi-cultural, the aphorism stands

Feature: Julian Gough – Shredding Nets

  I’ve been familiar with Julian Gough’s work since the late 1980s; however, when I started reading his newest novel, Connect, it was not what I expected – not at all. In the late 80s, Gough was a student at

Feature: Julian Gough – Shredding Nets

  I’ve been familiar with Julian Gough’s work since the late 1980s; however, when I started reading his newest novel, Connect, it was not what I expected – not at all. In the late 80s, Gough was a student at

Julian Turner – Desolate Market

Julian Turner’s fourth collection, Desolate Market, takes its name from William Blake’s unfinished epic The Four Zoas, in which an apocalyptic, or fallen, state is prophesied where “The heavens shall quake” and the woods and valleys will ‘wail in dismal

Julian Turner – Desolate Market

Julian Turner’s fourth collection, Desolate Market, takes its name from William Blake’s unfinished epic The Four Zoas, in which an apocalyptic, or fallen, state is prophesied where “The heavens shall quake” and the woods and valleys will ‘wail in dismal

Spoil it – je me touche

Je Me Touche is Fernando tuning into the tradition of thinking – if one may use the word tradition for it, which ever since humans emerged as bipeds with bigger brains, enabled us to deal with the abstract: with imaginative

Spoil it – je me touche

Je Me Touche is Fernando tuning into the tradition of thinking – if one may use the word tradition for it, which ever since humans emerged as bipeds with bigger brains, enabled us to deal with the abstract: with imaginative

A Labour of Love

Where is the place of thought in writing, or reading? Compelled by this question, philosophers since Plato have either ventured or deviated from it in many different ways. Few, however, have paused to reflect upon the journey itself. A rhythmic

A Labour of Love

Where is the place of thought in writing, or reading? Compelled by this question, philosophers since Plato have either ventured or deviated from it in many different ways. Few, however, have paused to reflect upon the journey itself. A rhythmic