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The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick.

Dear Sugar is back! Dear readers, all your problems are solved. The original Sugar advice columnist Steve Almond, who passed the torch to Wild author Cheryl Strayed have come together for a weekly podcast that will soothe troubled hearts and worried minds. In short, the story goes like this: Steve Almond was looking for someone to take over his advice column at TheRumpus.net. Strayed… Read more →

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Gazing at Women

Recently a friend told me that she had decided not to go see Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice because of the poster, which features the sunset pink landscape of a bikini babe. She was tired of this. Tired of marketers luring her in with sexy female bodies. And she was taking a stand with this film. But, but, I said, it references… Read more →

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I was interviewed in The Quietus!

A big thanks to Jen Calleja, Amanda DeMarco, Karl Smith for making this happen! Here’s the start of The Quietus interview. Read on, lovelies. Verfreundungseffekt: The Translator Is Present – Saskia Vogel Interviewed  By Jen Calleja  This month’s column swings the focus to the unsung hero – the literary translator – but just as much on contemporary Swedish literature and inventive ways… Read more →

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Love Miranda July

Miranda July writing on her stove was the funniest thing I saw on the Internet in 2007. She started by using the top of her refrigerator as a dry-erase board. It didn’t go well. So she switched to her stove. Trust me. Click on that link and keep clicking through the photos. There has been no better representation of feeling nervous.… Read more →

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Notes from the Field: Bestsellers and Cult Favourites

The White Review (@thewhitereview) presents Chris Kraus and Zoe Pilger at the London Review Bookshop (@LRBbookshop) “Enjoy DICK” a friend messaged after I told her I was heading to the London Review Bookshop for an event with novelist and art critic Chris Kraus. I was looking forward to seeing Zoe Pilger and The White Review; the novelist and the lit mag are two of my… Read more →

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Wild: From Page to Screen, Triumphant

Reese Witherspoon looks every bit the part of Cheryl Strayed in the forthcoming feature film adaptation of her memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT): flared nostrils and a defined jaw, Witherspoonian signifiers of strength and determination, her small body overshadowed by Monster, Strayed’s Mini-Cooper sized backpack. I mentally high-fived Witherspoon for producing the film and securing the lead… Read more →

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Can’t Wait: Books Coming in 2015

This post is taken from my weekly lit blog at AudibleBlog.co.uk. Check it out for more recommendations, events, interviews… Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant (Faber) The publication of Kazuo Ishiguro’s forthcoming novel The Buried Gianthas already been called the “literary event of the year”. His first novel in a decade follows a couple searching for their the lost son they haven’t seen in years. Last… Read more →

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from “The Boys”

Here’s an extract from Jessica Schiefauer’s young adult novel Pojkarna (The Boys). It was originally published by Words Without Borders. There’s a movie of the book coming out next year and the picture above was taken on-set by Karolina Pajak. Now, onward to masquerades and magical flowers… It was a balmy night, spring had started to slip into early summer, the trees’… Read more →

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Join us! Local Transport: 15 January at the ACE Hotel

From shadowy alleyways and glittering towers to fighting demons in your damp bedsit LOCAL TRANSPORT asked filmmaker JAMES BATLEY and authors ZOE PILGER and BEN LERNER to reveal their DARK PLACES. One hour of cultural adventure, a fully-stocked bar, and communion with the darkest spirits in London. Doors at 7pm, Act One soon thereafter. ACT ONE We kick off the… Read more →