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Africa’s Future Has No Space for Stupid Black Men
‘The night was full of energy. The kind of energy that Africa needs to reinvent itself.’
All that Offers a Happy Ending Is a Fairy Tale
‘If you were like me, you would know the obsession of the compulsive reader: every street sign; every bottle label’
‘It is to Shakespeare’s pages I return whenever I feel I am sinking. There I can be sure to find a lifeline.’
‘I could do nothing but lie there, locked inside my body.’
Before They Began to Shrink
‘The numbers killed at Aughrim that day will never be known.’
Best Book of 1998: 253
Carmen Maria Machado on why Geoff Ryman’s 253 is the best book of 1998.
Best Book of 2000: The Moral Obligation to be Intelligent
Will Boast on why Lionel Trilling’s The Moral Obligation to be Intelligent is the best book of 2000.
Best Story of 1992: ‘Mlle. Dias de Corta’
Mary O’Donoghue on why Mavis Gallant‘s ‘Mlle. Dias de Corta’ is the best story of 1992.
‘There’s a sense, I think, that what that X in the box translates as is seventeen and a half million voices that say, we’re still here.’
Blue Hills and Chalk Bones
‘One day, something changes; a corporeal blip. For me, it happened in the months after turning thirteen: the synovial fluid in my left hip began to evaporate like rain.’
Blue Sky Days
‘For those caught beneath its thrum, there’s no comfort that the drone, and whoever is at its helm in America, is only targeting the bad guys.’ Eliza Griswold introduces Tomas van Houtryve's unsettling photo-essay taken by drones coming close to civilian life in the manner of the drones currently deployed in Afghanistan.