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Franz Kafka - The Castle (review)

“If a man has his eyes bound, you can encourage him as much as you like to stare through the bandage, but ...

And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Photo: Book Cover

The Death of David Kammerer

New York City has undergone a radical change since the end of World War Two. Once a Mecca for artists, poets and ...

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Opinion: Is Ghostwriting a Problem?

This summer I read Russell Brand’s first autobiography, the childishly but humorously named My Booky Wook. It was great—it was laugh-out-loud hilarious, as ...

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Franz Kafka - The Castle (review)

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And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Photo: Book Cover

The Death of David Kammerer

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Opinion: Is Ghostwriting a Problem?

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Opinion: Is Ghostwriting a Problem?

After discovering that “My Booky Wook” was written by someone other than Russell Brand, Alister Pearson asks whether ghostwriting is a bad thing or not.

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Franz Kafka – “The Castle” (review)

Alister Pearson reviews Franz Kafka’s novel regarding bureaucracy and frustration, The Castle.

And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Photo: Book Cover

The Death of David Kammerer

On August the 13th, 1944, David Kammerer was found stabbed to death at the bottom of the Hudson River. Alister Pearson explores the troubled relationship between he and his murderer, Lucien Carr.

Leo Tolstoy. Photo: Jim Forest @Flickr

The Life of Leo Tolstoy

On the 186th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy’s birth, Alister Pearson remembers the life of the famous writer, philosopher and political thinker.

After World War Two, Camus became the leading French critic of communism. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Portrait of an Author – Albert Camus (1913 – 1960)

Aidan Gregory takes a look at the life and work of Albert Camus

Helen Oyeyemi. Photo: Ellie Foreman-Peck

Review: Helen Oyeyemi at the Anthony Burgess Foundation

Helen Oyeyemi charmed the audience at the Anthony Burgess Foundation, says Tamara Stanton

The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary: Book vs. film

Bruce Robinson’s film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diary far surpasses the book, says Alister Pearson

King Richard III by Unknown artist, oil on panel, late 16th century. Photo: National Portrait Gallery

Digging up dirt on Richard III

Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time is a decent piece of detective fiction, which asks some profound questions about how we ‘do’ history, says Katie Myerscough

Plenty of fish in the literary sea... Photo: N Bojdo

How not to read: An epiphany

Elizabeth Mitchell explores when to give up on an unmanageable book

Dr Faustus 3 by Babette Adrian. Photo: RBS Gallery

Classics digested: Doctor Faustus

450 years after Christopher Marlowe’s birth, Paul Reilly examines Marlowe’s dramatization of the Faust legend

M20 Collective

My first time: reading at an open-mic night

Alex Webb shares his experience of performing his poetry at an open-mic night for the first time, and encourages others to do the same

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Kate Tempest: Brand New Ancients

Evelyn Barrett spent her Friday night watching Kate Tempest’s modern-day myth Brand New Ancients at the Contact Theatre