Books

there, not there (on top of one another)

It came up in conversation a short while ago that Verity and I were reading the same book — “Paradise Rot,” the debut novel of the Norwegian musician Jenny Hval. I asked Verity if she was interested in co-writing about Hval’s work, which is equally split between her writing and her musical projects, and would thus match our respective backgrounds in literature and music.

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While initially the novel is disproportionately saturated with men and (at times, the often accurately ludicrous) male perspective, Kim thankfully escapes this trough by the final half of his novel. He offers several female characters, most centrally Mina, who is, with Reseng, one of the most fantastically formed characters.

Milkman

Characters like wee sisters offer unexpected gratification along Burns’s dark timeline of events.

Michelle Obama

Call it corny, call it meta, but “Becoming” is a book about building ourselves; it built me by proving that this journey never stops.

Blythe Roberson

The content itself seemed at times more flash than substance, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Laura Dzubay

Hopefully, though, the mix of enthusiasm, relief and tenacity will be a welcome catharsis and will resonate with anyone out there who’s interested in turning to poetry as a way to get through finals.

The film adaptation of 'Matilda'

It taught me the universality of loneliness and empathy, the capacity to lift and be lifted by others.

Abbi Jacobson

Part of the joy of reading ‘I Might Regret This’ is the scramble to follow along.

The film adaptation of 'Tuck Everlasting'

An ending should be embraced, not shied away from.

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Havrilesky’s project is simple in theory, but fascinatingly nuanced in practice: to diagnose our shared cultural values, anxieties, obsessions and illusions in order to better understand the way they influence our individual emotional landscapes.