Showing posts with tag: opinion

The End of the Word As We Know It: Reading in the Age of Distraction

A decade ago the web remained quarantined indoors, anchored to desktops by Ethernet umbilical cords, and a good novel could still help to pass the time on a heaving tube and or lonely bus. Now kids who sport web-enabled phones can never leave what Andrew Keen calls the ‘global dorm room’ – Facebook is the book they all read, the novel they’re all writing, and they rarely need to leave its realm any more. Read more →

Truth, Memory and Memoirs

Sam Dodson ponders why we are so stung when the truths revealed in a celebrity memoir turn out to be lies. Conversely, why do we willingly watch, read and engage with fictions we know to be untrue, and yet still manage to find some emotional truth in these forms that we call real? Read more →

Rise of the Clones and the End of The New

With every sequel, with every repetition of form and the creation of tropes, our ability to find a little mystery we can relate to disappears.We begin to know what a story is about, before the narrative has even begun. And what’s the point of a narrative if you can’t find any secrets in it? Read more →

Denial: A Former Call Girl Shares Her Story

When I worked as a call girl, I relied on, and needed, denial to function in life. That denial was essential in order to work. To have sex with men and women I didn’t want to have sex with, to have people see me naked, to have strangers touch my body, touch my skin anywhere they wanted with whatever body part of theirs they wanted to use, I had to be in denial. That is what allowed me to do it without breaking, without falling apart, without realising the hell in which I was living. Read more →