Essays

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Peripathetic by Cher Tan review – essays on punk, work and the internet are incredibly good fun
Tan’s fast-paced, acidic essays are guided by big ideas, drawing on her personal story to speak to the invisible, powerful forces that shape us all

Fiona Wright

23, May, 2024 @3:00 PM

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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin audiobook review – powerful essays from the civil rights frontline
Law & Order’s Jesse L Martin narrates two powerful essays examining the Black experience in the US, the first in a series marking the author’s centenary year

Fiona Sturges

10, May, 2024 @11:00 AM

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Like Love by Maggie Nelson review – music, passion and friendship
Vibrant essays from the author of The Argonauts touch on art, inspiration, and many of the central dilemmas of our times

Lara Feigel

08, May, 2024 @6:30 AM

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Excitable Boy by Dominic Gordon review – punchy tales of masculinity, sex and violence
These stylish autobiographical essays take the reader into backstreets rarely traversed in Australian literature – sex clubs, street fights and emergency rooms

Catriona Menzies-Pike

02, May, 2024 @3:00 PM

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All Things Are Too Small by Becca Rothfeld review – bracing and brilliant essay collection
The iconoclastic US author’s intellectually poised critique of minimalism boasts scintillating writing of breadth and power

Kate Kellaway

25, Mar, 2024 @7:00 AM

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A History of Women in 101 Objects by Annabelle Hirsch audiobook review – from hatpins to glass dildos
Miriam Margolyes, Margaret Atwood and others narrate stories of female progress via a ‘cabinet of curiosities’

Fiona Sturges

15, Mar, 2024 @12:00 PM

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No Judgement by Lauren Oyler review – pointed views
Witty, agile essays from the novelist and New Yorker writer with a talent for cutting through the hype

Houman Barekat

06, Mar, 2024 @9:00 AM

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The Performer: Art, Life, Politics by Richard Sennett review – all the world’s a stage, for better or worse
The sociologist combines erudition with personal experience in this enjoyably meandering and timely study of the place of performance in society

Rowan Moore

03, Mar, 2024 @1:00 PM

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Wrong Norma by Anne Carson review – unjoined-up thinking at its best
The poet’s new collection of mainly prose pieces on subjects as diverse as Flaubert, snow and Roget’s Thesaurus is a nonstop triumph

Kate Kellaway

26, Feb, 2024 @7:00 AM

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No Judgement by Lauren Oyler review – modish observations from a rarefied world
Despite occasional displays of wit and insight, the buzzy US critic’s ironic essays can feel airless and small

Rachel Cooke

19, Feb, 2024 @7:00 AM

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Namesake by NS Nuseibeh review – the pen and the sword
In a remarkable series of essays the Palestinian academic reflects on identity, religion, and her emancipated ancestor

Dina Nayeri

07, Feb, 2024 @9:00 AM

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‘There is joy, and there is rage’: the new generation of novelists writing about motherhood
From the shock and awe of labour to domestic isolation, a wave of recent novels captures the transformative nature of being a mother

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

20, Jan, 2024 @11:00 AM

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