Coming Up: Science Fiction Week

We’ll be wandering across those boundaries and back, because in speculative fiction, which embraces both, there are no real boundaries. Coming Up: Science Fiction Week This is the week of May the Fourth, so the Foxes…

The Bookshop, by Penelope Fitzgerald

ISBN: 9780006543541 Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestEmailPrintGoogleLike this:Like Loading… The Old House comes complete with its own ‘rapper’, or poltergeist, taken completely for granted by Florence and everyone else who shared Hardborough with supernatural beings. Penelope Fitzgerald has…

Leaving Gotham City

I start to laugh. ‘Hey, whattup? She waves at him, and he flips her off, laughing, turning back towards me with a shrug. ‘He’s a grown man, Nana. I know because I’ve been counting. I…

The New Me

Aimless, giddy dread fills me. ‘This is really affecting you on a day-to-day level.’ ‘Well, I mean, no, we weren’t that close, it’s just on my mind.’ ‘Is it on your mind because you feel…

Introduction

The title was New American Writing, and it featured work by Joyce Carol Oates, Norman Bryson, Tillie Olsen, Leonard Michaels and Susan Sontag, alongside pieces about writers – some in the vein of literary criticism,…

Legion, the TV series

As a person who grew up watching nature documentaries, the whole concept of wondering what is real and what is imagination kept me very off balance. All of the actors involved are excellent and bring…

Terra Nova

  *   I ended up spending a few more nights with the Guineys, so strong was the gravitational pull of their hospitality. It also provides an excellent window onto a foreign place. He pulled…

Hatchet Jobs | Discoveries

    Images   © David Stillman and Cameron Russell John Wilson Croker ‘made efforts almost as superhuman as the story itself appears to be, to get through it’, doubting that ‘any man in his…

Last Days on Corfu

A woman standing on the shore, just as you did this morning. A thumb-tack on the road went right into my bare foot, and I didn’t notice it until much later, when I was changing…

The Land In Winter

‘What do they want from us? The occupation began before I was born, but this numbing of our souls and our reliance on the word intractable: surely this cannot be our apology and our answer….

Things I Didn’t Know

Still ignoring the news, I overheard most of this from friends. I walked into her arms for a long hug. I would say I like the familiarity of Istanbul, the ease with which east and…

Mars is a Stupid Planet

Going there is stupid. Mars is a stupid planet. Backed up fluid pressing on your eyes blurring your vision one percent bone loss each month oh shit, you never thought about all that landing in…

George Saunders In Conversation | Podcast

They discuss the mind of Abraham Lincoln during the civil war, the art of creating distinctive historical voices, verbal improv and writing the afterlife. Granta’s online editor Luke Neima talks to the writer George Saunders…

Easter Break

~~~:~~~ Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestEmailPrintGoogleLike this:Like Loading… The rest of us are just going to disconnect the ‘phones and eat chocolate bunnies, ears first. Some of us have foxlets to mind, Easter egg hunts to organize and…

Same-same but different | Discoveries

I translate so that the reader will, above all,   feel   the book. Perfecting sentence structure is one thing, but there’s also an entire cultural scaffolding, Plexiglas-transparent but strong and definite as steel. This…