Little Deaths — Emma Flint

New York City last century: the scarlet woman, the suspicious tragedy, the tough cop, the tenacious reporter. They’re all here, but they are put together in some unexpected ways. Right at the beginning, the “murder mystery” trope is upended by having the story start as a flashback, so we immediately know how it ends. Or do we? We meet a lot of characters on our way through the story, and despite the foreshadowing, the end of the book is quite satisfying.

The thing I liked most about this book is the writing style. Nicely-turned phrases and insightful sentences had me nodding my head all the way through. Smiling sometimes, even, though any humour in this book is definitely on the dark side. (Not The Dark Side though; it’s not that dark.)

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“celerity should always be contempered…

“celerity should always be contempered with cunctation” – words to live by from Sir Thomas Browne (1646) penelope.uchicago.edu/pseudodoxia/pseudo52.html #quotes

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The synopsis didn’t really grab me, so…

The synopsis didn’t really grab me, so I didn’t bother watching the DVD. twitter.com/bnnt/status/835054076966531072/photo/1

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Every single time you walk, you build…

Every single time you walk, you build the community, and advertise the idea of walking to everyone who sees you. www.mrmoneymustache.com/2017/02/10/the-happy-city/

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RT @imWaavey: Why isn’t this…

RT @imWaavey: Why isn’t this trending?!??? twitter.com/NoorAjaj/status/826507461540642816/vid…

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“We have here in Australia, border…

“We have here in Australia, border security arrangements which are the envy of the world”—which world, Mr Turnbull? www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/australia-supports-…

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CEOs now risk retribution if they…

CEOs now risk retribution if they criticize the US government. Land of the free? www.theverge.com/2017/1/28/14426550/silicon-valley…

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Mansfield and Me — Sarah Laing

This biography/autobiography/graphic novel is idiosyncratic, interesting and fun. It has sent me off to read and re-read both Katherine Mansfield and Sarah Laing, different writers from different centuries who still seem to have a lot in common. Sarah Laing’s life … Continue reading

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How to Be an Existentialist — Gary Cox

Some people think being an existentialist means spending your time brooding in cafés. Most people have no idea at all what it means. This book will explain what existentialism is, where it came from, and how to do it. You … Continue reading

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No one belongs here more than you — Miranda July

This is just fantastic. July’s short stories are so imaginative in the way she blends mundane realism with the bizarrely surreal. It feels like a modern, shabby, seedy version of magic realism. Many of the characters are strange, but still … Continue reading

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