Before You Were Born and After You’ll Die: True Detective in Context

True Detective is a wrestle over time. As such, it fits into a southern American tradition, centred around William Faulkner, that attempted to understand the relationship between the South and varying perceptions of time. In Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, Quentin Compson, sitting in his room at Harvard, reflects on his Southern past.

By Joe Sykes


Sexts before Texting: Putting Pen to Vagina in Women’s Fiction

Sometimes I imagine Toni Morrison and Doris Lessing sitting at their desks writing. I think myself into their foreheads – that space at the front of the mind where images feel like they are held. In that space I see vaginas: deep and dark and soft vortexes. Lessing and Morrison inscribe these vaginas into their work, aligning their narratives to elliptical, uncertain forms.

Philip Roth to F. Scott Fitzgerald: Why We Will Never be Happy

Reading the work of the popular philosopher, Alain de Botton, has made it all too apparent to me that we will all be unhappy until the day we die. And, indeed, that disappointment is the one inevitable fact of our existence due to the way the process of longing is hard wired into our psyche. At the moment when we should be happiest we experience the terror of having to acknowledge our own immense satisfaction and the burden that brings.

By Mark P. Smith