Dear Readers, Earlier this week I posted my final post on my other blog,, because I simply have too many commitments at the moment to commit due time to writing. Unfortunately, this applies to this blog too. I would like to be able to keep the blog open and perhaps post every once in … Continue reading Goodbye



My apologies for not posting a blog today, but I had a brief sojourn in hospital earlier this week and have been unable to write a post. I will be taking a few weeks respite, as the stress of my commitments has been part of the cause of my illness. I will continue to post … Continue reading Apologies

The King in Yellow – Robert W. Chambers

Robert W. Chambers phenomenal collection of short stories, The King in Yellow, was first published in 1895. It is a bizarre mix of horror, romance and a number of other genres that rarely go together in one collection. Yet, Chambers is a master of all trades. Each story brings its own uniqueness and cleverness to … Continue reading The King in Yellow – Robert W. Chambers

Panty – Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay

Panty is a translation of Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay’s 2006 short story Panty O Annyano Galpo. It follows the story of an unnamed protagonist as she tries to negotiate life and love in contemporary India. At the beginning, there is an explanation from the translator, Arunava Sinha, of what the untranslated word ‘mon’ means, which is a … Continue reading Panty – Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay

Egghead – Bo Burnham

Bo Burnham’s wonderful book, Egghead, or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone, is a collection of poems, published in 2013. In this collection, Burnham covers a broad range of topics from scatological humour to love in his own unique style. Being a stand-up comedian by trade (and a phenomenal one at that), this book promises … Continue reading Egghead – Bo Burnham

Of the Dawn of Freedom – W. E. B. Du Bois

Of the Dawn of Freedom is a collection of essays taken from W. E. B. Du Bois’s 1903 work The Souls of Black Folk. Within them, he details the struggles of the African American population from before, during and after the Emancipation. Each essay starts with a snippet of musical notation and extracts of famous … Continue reading Of the Dawn of Freedom – W. E. B. Du Bois

The Library of Unrequited Love – Sophie Divry

The Library of Unrequited Love is a 2014 French-translation short story by Sophie Divry, which follows a conversation that the 'transcriber' has with a librarian after accidentally being locked in overnight. The story depicts what is essentially a monologue, breaking up the text with direct addresses to the reader who is positioned as the other … Continue reading The Library of Unrequited Love – Sophie Divry