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Culture Literature

Memory, History and the Allure of the Narrative: Introducing Annie Ernaux

The Royal Swedish Academy on 6 October conferred the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature upon the French writer Annie Ernaux, ‘for the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory’. In the brief presentation that followed the announcement, Anders Olsson — Chairman of the Academy’s Nobel […]

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Creative Writing Culture Literature

The Inner Life of an Ordinary Closet

Everyday, closets are open and shut, with their doors swinging to the hurried push and pull gestures of the hands. I have always only cast cursory glances at my closet—always relegating it to the lowest rungs on the list of things that deserve my attention. Today, feeling particularly adventurous, I decided to look into it—only […]

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Culture Literature

Poem of the week: ‘The Shout’ by Simon Armitage

We went outinto the school yard together, me and the boywhose name and face I don’t remember. We were testing the rangeof the human voice:he had to shout for all he was worth I had to raise an armfrom across the divide to signal backthat the sound had carried. He called from over the park […]