Monday Musing: Literary Censorship And Political Control

In Elif Shafak's excellent TED talk on the ways in which fiction can combat the restrictions of culturally-boundaried identity, the author discusses her own history of literary controversy and its intersection with political censorship. Shafak - a Turkish author, whose most recent work deals with the story of a murdered sex worker - is no … Continue reading Monday Musing: Literary Censorship And Political Control

Monday Musing: Why We Love Dystopian Fiction In A World Of ‘Alternative Facts’

It has been an excellent couple of years for dystopian fiction. The closer we feel to the brink of humanistic and political catastrophe, the more we turn to fictional dystopias, as though to torment ourselves with the preponderance of warnings to stay alert to the erosion - however gradual - of the freedoms that we … Continue reading Monday Musing: Why We Love Dystopian Fiction In A World Of ‘Alternative Facts’

Bibliotherapy For Grief: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Of all the challenges that we face as individuals, grief is perhaps the most universal. There are few - if any - people able to get through life without experiencing loss, making grief an inevitability for all of us. I am lucky to have reached 30 without losing any of the people close to me … Continue reading Bibliotherapy For Grief: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Monday Musing: The Case For Graphic Violence In Fiction

I took some time away from The Book Habit last week, largely because I was determined to get through Koushun Takami's very lengthy novel, Battle Royale. Scheduling reads around reviews is always a challenge - particularly when you have a 700-page book calling your name. Battle Royale was an interesting pick for me. Although I typically go in for … Continue reading Monday Musing: The Case For Graphic Violence In Fiction

Monday Musing: Should Authors Be Exempt From ‘Cancel Culture’?

There are many contemporary online trends - particularly those that have to do with social media - that cast a problematic light on the way that consumers interact with the work that they're consuming. Social media has brought us closer than ever before to the people from whom art emerges - musicians, authors, and other … Continue reading Monday Musing: Should Authors Be Exempt From ‘Cancel Culture’?