He hated becoming Thomas Ripley again, hated being nobody.

The plot of Highsmith’s novel is perhaps best known from the 1999 film: it is essentially a character study, the character just so happens to have a knack for forgery, imitation and murder. We follow Tom Ripley as he leaves New York (and a bunch of income tax scams) to undertake the task of...

“I think we are only afraid of ourselves,” the doctor said slowly.

“No,” Luke said. “Of seeing ourselves clearly and without disguise.”

You may have seen Shirley Jackson’s name bouncing around the web-literati lately, she’s having a bit of a resurgence due to a new biography by Ruth Franklin published in October. It’s one I welcome.

The Haunting...

There’s tons to admire in Kelly Link’s short stories: her world building and characterisation are all on point – she tells stories set in these strange off-kilter worlds that aren’t that different from ours (one has fairies, another superheroes, another pocket-universes – the ideas flow originally and freely) but the emphases is always on story and...

To me Lydia Davis is a writer of contradictions: her deceptively minimalist short stories (some are a page long, some are just two lines long) contain both complex explorations of language and flippant funny observations. Read Lydia Davis in the wrong mood and you will be left asking what the big fuss is about, stories like Cows can seem almost dul...

“It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest, never grow indifferent – lose your invaluable curiosity and you let yourself die. It’s as simple as that.”

I’m back on Dear Damsels this month for their theme of ‘Curiosity’ – I wrote about one of my forever favs: Tove Jansson (creator of the Moomins, artist, writer, already babe) and her life ph...

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