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READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Mark West

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George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (2013) This is a genuine 21st century masterpiece. The comparisons with Dos Passos’ U.S.A. Trilogy do not do it a disservice, neither does the suggestion that this… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Laurie Donaldson

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James Ellroy, Perfidia (2014) As with each new Ellroy, for me this was an event. I am not a natural fanboy – reading is a lifelong pleasure, a resource, a cave, but I am not… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Michael O’Brien

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Philip José Farmer, The Unreasoning Mask (1983) This brilliant science-fiction narrative is centred on the quest of Ramstan, who has stolen an immensely powerful, sentient technological device, named the glyfa, from the planet Tenolt where it… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Laura Waddell

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Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things To Me (2014) A series of essays themed around gender and inequality (among them an experience which prompted a reader to coin the popular term “mansplaining”), Men Explain Things to Me is… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Jessica Sequeira

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José Bianco, Ficción y Reflexión (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1988) This book is an anthology of texts by Argentine editor, translator, literary critic and novelist José “Pepe” Bianco (1908-1986), secretary of the renowned magazine Sur for 23 years. Borges,… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: A.C. Clarke

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Thomas Travisano (ed.), Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (2010) A great book to dip into before settling down to write oneself. Gives a vivid portrait of the post-war… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Tom White

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Richard Seymour, Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made (2014) An angry yet clear-sighted analysis of austerity: what it really means, how it works, and, most importantly, who it benefits. Refusing… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Calum Gardner

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Chris Kraus, I Love Dick (Semiotext(e), 1997) I only discovered Chris Kraus’s writing this year, when I heard her speak about Kathy Acker at a conference, although she is one of the minds behind Semiotext(e),… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Stephanie Green

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Geraldine Mitchell, Of Birds and Bones (Arlen House, 2014) I’ve read this many times, and love it. There is an overall quietness and dignity in this poetry book, especially when dealing with topics like a relative’s… Continue reading

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: R.A. Davis

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Walter Scott, Waverley (1814) In this year of celebration and examination of all things Scottish, the bicentenary of Walter Scott’s prose debut seemed to fall almost faintly. Far greater tribute was paid to… Continue reading

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