Loud footsteps in a vast and otherwise silent corridor; the cloying perfume of lilacs; an ice-cold drink at the end of a hot, dry day. In Winter we bundle-up, huddle inside and create a barrier between ourselves and the elements. Summer, though, is a different story. We open ourselves up to the full sensuality of the natural world – we wear less clothing, bask in the sun … Continue reading 3 Novellas for Summer
At what age do we as readers start requiring linear narratives? And demand that all books tell us stories? Continue reading What Do Margaret Wise Brown & Georges Perec Have In Common?
What kind of writer eviscerates his own novel? What drives a person to that extreme? And – just so we’re clear – we’re not talking about paring down the prose or making a few surgical edits to tighten up the plot. Carlos Labbé rips out entire chapters of his book and leaves huge, gaping holes behind. That takes guts. When it works it’s exciting and innovative. And, yes, disturbing. When … Continue reading Navidad & Matanza by Carlos Labbé (translated from the Spanish by Will Vanderhyden)