In honour of poet Lisel Mueller’s birthday this month, Tim Rich recommends delving into her work.
A few of my 2021 recommendations so far!
The Girl With the Louding Voice – Abi Dare Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi The Water Dancer – Ta Nehisi Coates
The Serpent It’s a Sin
Elizabeth Day on Adam Buxton’s podcast Jameela Jamil on “How to Fail”
– Karis Aldridge
I recently discovered literary events company 5×15. They’ve been doing some fantastic Zoom conversations during lockdown – last week I attended one between Max Porter and George Saunders, and next week there’s one coming up featuring Ben Okri. It’s easy to register and you pay what you can afford. Here’s the link to their site.
– Jill Hopper
Anyone seeking relief from the biblical horror show of Trumpian America might re-visit John Updike’s Licks of Love from 2002. These quiet vignettes of white suburbia, as post-war sprawl creeps through NY and Pennsylvania, deliver understated complex plangency. Burgeoning sexual freedoms swell through familial landscapes, nostalgic particulars roll sweetly by.
– Nielsen Dinwoodie
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