Literature

Withering Wodehouse?

While growing up, I was occasionally subject to my father’s gentle reproaches for not reading PG Wodehouse’s (“Plum”) novels. His ultimate compliment to a witty turn of phrase was “This is just Wodehouse”. My preference then was for, what I…

December

Stimulants, gone From cigarette butts and drained coffee cups. Summer sun turns to winter shit I tell the year: get on with it.

Balancing Act

My tongue dances in front of the mirror. A waltz, tip-toe on an English ballroom floor, the French décor is très magnifique. Delightful music. An Italian composer? Russian perhaps? My tongue dances for an audience, powerful jury, it must perfect…

In the time it took me

In the time it took to see your bikini snap in a canoe I could have read both Descartes and Camus In the time it took to edit my tweet I could have seen the crazy woman feed pigeons in…

#metoo

Written by anon Before I go anywhere My parents always warn me about boys Be careful, they say Boys won’t keep their hands off you Don’t be too pretty Because even if the boys are wrong The consequences belong to you…

problem child

When she was little she screamed. Shrieks stabbed at his ears in the nights and in the days he drank coffee. Cups and cups of coffee. He walked stumbling and talked mumbling and when he sat his eyelids clawed themselves…

Kundera on Complexity – What we think we understand

It’s about facades and layers. It’s about rediscovering what you thought you knew. The short story “The Hitchhiker’s Game” by Milan Kundera featured in Laughable Loves underlines the depths and shallows of two lost souls. Kundera’s characters, together for almost…

Ali Smith’s Brexit novel is an instant classic

I do not remember who it was that read just a handful of stories as a child, but read them all 40 to 50 times. Being dwelled upon is an honour that a lot of authors deserve, but do not…

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