Reading: “Apology for the Woman writing” by Jenny Diski

Reading: “Apology for the Woman writing” by Jenny Diski

Her father's library in Gournay was the place of escape from her present and from her preordained future. She slipped through the dark panelled door at every possible moment of the day and night, whenever she could avoid being tutored on how to be someone's wife, some house's keeper, some child's mother. 'I'm not ill, [...]

Reading: “The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Reading: “The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

  Leo had been avoiding his wife, Victoria, who was barely speaking to him and his sister Beatrice who wouldn't stop speaking to him—rambling on and on about getting together for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving. In July. Leo hadn't spent a holiday with his family in twenty years, since the mid-'90s if he was remembering correctly: he wasn't [...]

Reading: “Autumn” by Ali Smith

Reading: “Autumn” by Ali Smith

"All across the country, people looked up Google: what is EU? All across the country, people looked up Google: move to Scotland. All across the country, people looked up Google: Irish passport applications." " As she passes the house with GO and HOME still written across it she sees that underneath this someone has added, [...]

Reading: Miriam Toews “All my puny sorrows”

Reading: Miriam Toews “All my puny sorrows”

  I finished Toews’ book yesterday and I still have Elf and Yoli with me, somehow. I laughed a lot; I cried several times. This is a story about mental illness, surviving, and letting someone go. This is a story about suicide and survival, about intentionally leaving this world, even though there would be no [...]