Book Lovers: Kaite Welsh

Kaite Welsh (@kaitewelsh) thinks her postman must hate her because she lives “on the third floor and I get a parcel of books every day.” Welsh is an author, journalist, the LGBT Editor of The List, Scotland’s best-selling entertainment magazine and the Chair of this year’s Green Carnation Prize, which celebrates LGBT authors (@TheGCPrize). We called her up at home in Edinburgh to… Read more →

Book Lovers: Mario Münster

Meet Mario Münster, the co-founder of Rosegarden (@RosegardenMag), a Berlin-based cultural journal publishing the stories about people, issues and ideas “that influence us as eagle-eyed urbanites”. Münster and his fellow founders Maren Heltsche and Bertram Sturm started the magazine because “Pop-up culture, supper clubs, start-ups: they affect our daily lives. In turn, this is shaped by a layer of contemporary social and… Read more →

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 Strayed… Read more →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →