In the early hours of Sunday, October 2nd 2016, The New York Review of Books published a piece by Italian journalist Claudio Gatti in which he revealed what he believes to be the true identity of the bestselling novelist Elena Ferrante (though it has yet to be confirmed by the author or her publisher).   His piece was also released simultaneously in Italian, French and German publications. This was to be the no holds barred “outing” of a writer who, for the past twenty years, has adamantly insisted that her privacy means everything to her and to her writing process. … Continue reading THE UNMASKING OF ELENA FERRANTE


Though Remembrance Day has come and gone, it didn’t pass unnoticed. It has been a difficult year: a time of violent upheaval between compatriots; a year of wars and displacement; a year that claimed far too many casualties. We know so much, thanks mostly to the communication webs that connect us but also entrap us and yet still, so many of us continue to walk in darkness. Here are four poems selected to help us find “the pure center of light within the dark circle of [our] demons.”   I. IT IS RAINING ON THE HOUSE OF ANNE FRANK—by Linda Pastan It … Continue reading FINDING THE LIGHT

HIS BLOODY PROJECT—shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2016

  It’s the right time to talk about His Bloody Project, by Graeme Macrae Burnet. The weather has turned to a more predictable damp and leafless gloom and a harsher season is on the way, making it that much easier for our imaginations to travel to the remote Highland village of Culduie, in Ross-shire, Scotland, where Burnet’s second novel is set. I came across His Bloody Project a few months ago, in The Guardian, when it was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. When asked about the surprising nomination of his book, Burnet responded: “There is a certain Scottish way of preparing … Continue reading HIS BLOODY PROJECT—shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2016