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

Perth Writers Festival 2010 diary, part one: ‘mint’ ideas

We live 'by and through and for ideas' said AC Grayling at last night's opening address. But the majority of ideas that we possess, that have shaped us - the way we see and react to the world - are unconscious or at least unexamined. Spinoza said that freedom came from making the 'inadequate' ideas 'adequate', that … Continue reading Perth Writers Festival 2010 diary, part one: ‘mint’ ideas