Book Review: Future Home of the Living God, by Louise Erdrich

Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich’s latest novel...takes the idea of a ‘retrieval of history’ seriously – not just in its pale liberal version (‘memory’), but as the thuddingly physical possibility that creatures from a previous stage of evolutionary history will begin to be born. Read more →

Book Review: The Other Hoffman Sister, by Ben Fergusson

The past few years have seen, once again, a growth and movement behind nationalism. From the cries to ‘take back our country’, the rejection of globalism for protectionism, to Brexit and Trump, which have given renewed vigour to prejudice and hate crimes, we are facing a period in history that is beginning to reflect the ideologies and desires of the early twentieth century. Read more →

Re-Reading AM Homes: Los Angeles – People, Places and the Castle on the Hill

This is a city with an infamous dark side, shadowy figures, hard-boiled noir, the Black Dahlia, the helter-skeleter of the Manson family killings…This is where “Reality TV” was born. This is where O.J. Simpson’s car chase was broadcast live from a helicopter Read more →

Janna Levin’s “Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space”

“We’ll continue to send a portrait of our best selves into space, a declaration that we were here, that we strove for understanding, that we often failed and occasionally succeed. We heard black holes collide. We’ll point to where the sound might have come from, to the best of our abilities, a swatch of space from an earlier epoch.” Read more →