The Reading List: Death & Dying

Welcome to The Reading List, a new occasional series where we provide some recommended reading on a topic! Note: This post has been edited and reposted to include additional titles. Hospice Health Foundation, an organization based here in Portsmouth, has hosted five Death Cafes. A worldwide phenomenon, the Death Cafe is a community event where participants gather … More The Reading List: Death & Dying

Brilliance & Brutality: David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks

Empires die, like all of us dancers in the strobe-lit dark. See how the light needs shadows. Just before The Bone Clocks was published, David Mitchell wrote a Twitter story called “The Right Sort,” which has been collected in full on The Millions. Mitchell calls Neil Gaiman one of his greatest fantasy influences, and here … More Brilliance & Brutality: David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks

The Complexity of Love & Belonging: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah

Why did people ask ‘What is it about?’ as if a novel had to be about only one thing. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah When you work in a library, people are always wondering aloud to you whether the book is a dying format. Do people really even read anymore? If book publishers are going out … More The Complexity of Love & Belonging: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah

Down the Rabbit Hole: Murakami’s 1Q84

Remember that childhood novel that had you holed up in your room for hours? Forgetting the world? Remember the innocence with which you solemnly undertook the journey, the experience of being changed profoundly by the story, the way reality melted into the background and you stopped only for hastily prepared meals, sustenance for the long … More Down the Rabbit Hole: Murakami’s 1Q84