A new #LooksAtBooks post? How long has it been? This segment suffered over summer, when I was mostly reading trash that I didn’t want to admit to, but we’re back with a review of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.
This recent release proved popular online, with many readers praising its heart-warming portrayal of personal growth and sharp insights into modern loneliness and isolation.
My phone doesn’t ring often—it makes me jump when it does—and it’s usually people asking if I’ve been mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance. I whisper ‘I know where you live to them,’ and hang up the phone very, very gently.
There are moments of inspired phrasing and a refreshing matter-of-factness to prop this story up, but generally speaking, I wasn’t sold on it. Perhaps I was expecting something different, but I wasn’t entirely convinced by many of the characters, and found the protagonist more irritating than charmingly quirky… more thoughts below.
Continue reading “#LooksAtBooks Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: Gail Honeyman”
It’s that time of year when you start to sneer at Pumpkin Spice Lattes (but secretly want one) and pick out a new pair of ankle-boots that you refuse to take off until next March. Autumn- the season for slogan sweaters and lazing about on weekends with a book in a comfy chair.
This is a list of jumpers/sweaters featuring literary motifs or slogans (peak 2017), which you can smugly wear on casual Friday or during weekend plans with friends to remind people that yes, you Read.
Continue reading “Six Literary Sweaters for Autumn”
There’s a particularly wet argument permeating the internet right now; that counter-protesting against fascism is a betrayal of the tolerance and virtue that the left should aim to embody. It’s easy to see why some people might fall for this easy assumption; after all the President of the United States unequivocally blamed ‘violence on all sides’ for the debacle in Charlottesville.
Continue reading “Tolerance, the Extreme Right, and Karl Popper’s ‘Open Society and its Enemies’”
I’ve started this blog post a few times already. I had a smarmy quote from Goodreads. I had one of those stock photos of a smiley woman in a field. Then I had a flippant jibe about how it’s pointless anyway in the face of impending nuclear destruction.
Then I deleted it all and closed the window, because it felt a bit pointless. Today’s post is about that pointless feeling, and balancing the weight of expectation against the reality of your capabilities.
Continue reading “Motivation, Self-Esteem and Patience”
If you missed part one of this challenge, you can find it here and part two is here.
Virago is a British publishing company, founded in 1973, with the intention of giving voice and publishing presence to female authors. Since then, the mission statement has expanded to include authors and reprinted works with a broader positive intention; LGBTQ texts; books written by non-binary authors; works which reflect a diversity of neurological conditions and mental illnesses; and lots more. You can find Virago online here, where they have a fascinating timeline of their own history.
Continue reading “The Virago Press #BooksForChange Challenge Part 3”