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Mary Barton

Gaskell perhaps didn’t realise it at the time, but what she has crafted is a nuanced history of the home and hearth from the perspectives of the people history forgets: the female, the disabled, the elderly, and the poor.

August 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Analects

As a person raised in a predominantly White, rural area in the Southern Hemisphere, notions of trustworthiness were taught via the parable of Moses and the Ten Commandments: thou shalt not steal, adult(er), kill, covet asses, etc.. But not as succinct as the Analects puts it – be trustworthy.

March 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

FILM: Aimée & Jaguar

After neo-nazis smeared her front door with excrament, Lily Wurst fought back with the truth she felt she owed to the love of her life. Wurst revealed that the women she protected during WII weren’t just Jewish, they were also queer. And so was she. And so was her lover, Felice Schragenheim.

December 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Orlando: A Biography

‘Nothing thicker than a knife’s blade separates happiness from melancholy.’

July 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Go Tell It On The Mountain

If you think To Kill a Mockingbird was ‘important’, or ‘eye-opening’ for you, then Go Tell It On the Mountain will ram home just how much you don’t, and perhaps never really will, truly understand.

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rare and Commonplace Flowers

‘The shooting stars in your black hair / in bright formation are flocking where, / so straight, so soon?’

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Brilliant Career

‘The less a person thinks and inquires regarding the why and the wherefore and the justice of things, when dragging along through life, the happier it is for him, and doubly, trebly so, for her.’

May 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Katherine Mansfield: The Complete Stories

First published: 1974 Found: Looking for more Virginia Woolf and found Mansfield instead Pages/read time: 830, two months on and off during exam time  Comments:   To and fro, in … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

FILM: Russian Ark

Title/year: Russian Ark (2002) Director: Aleksandr Sokurov Found: While re-shelving the DVDs at work Run Time: 96 mins Comments: I have been saving this movie for myself for several months … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Iliad

Year of publication: This translation by Samuel Butler first published 1898. Found: In the sales bin at the uni co-op Pages/Read time: 415, three weeks-ish Comments: The Iliad – written by … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 4 Comments

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