Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed: a ‘responsive’ interview

Elif Batuman's The Possessed (Aus, US/Kindle) is a personalised, intelligent, humorous exploration of Russian literature; and of academia, reading, and writers - with plenty of travel and adventure. It's the kind of book you devour and dog-ear - where you're learning with delight, being provided insight into authors, stories, countries, languages and lifestyles. I thought Elif would … Continue reading Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed: a ‘responsive’ interview

Literature Aspiring Writers Should Read – Part 1

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (1955) Skills acquired by reading: · The way to seduce readers with lyricism · The ability to describe desire so that the reader will be both compelled and sickened · The ability to plant a wry smile on a readers face despite him/herself · The way to challenge censors, even personal … Continue reading Literature Aspiring Writers Should Read – Part 1