Discoveries: The Very Ecstasy of Love
Zadie on Beyoncé, Didion on diarists, Bureaucracy as Sadism, How Did They Win that prize? and more.
‘Syllables are excised by / X-Acto, fed into a shredder / for good measure.’
Five Things Right Now: Eliza Robertson
‘For me, astrology’s opened this new language and field of understanding. ’
‘Nathan: there’s something in the basement. In the locked rooms I was telling you about.’
What’s Not There Can’t Hurt You
‘A shadow gained body and grew, looming over the bed, and he caught the impression of long teeth and many limbs, smelled something claylike and vegetal.’
While the Nightjar Sleeps
‘But while the nightjar sleeps,’ said the mole, ‘it dreams of what it used to be and still sees beyond what isn’t true. And so can we, if we choose to look.’
Our Last Guest
‘Maybe anyone becomes unbearable after enough time in the honeymoon suite.’ Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s story of eternity á deux.
‘Two women appeared embracing two of a kind – that is each woman held onto a globular lamp base that had luster.’
Granta Reads: Angela Carter’s ‘Cousins’
In this Halloween edition of the Granta podcast, Josie Mitchell reads Angela Carter’s 1980 short story, ‘Cousins’. The first in our Halloween series.
Discoveries: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Werewoolf?
Sylvia Plath’s sass, Bob Dylan spars with Leonard Cohen, Guillermo del Toro talks vampires, Shirley Jackson scares the baby boomers
Mark Gevisser and Pwaangulongii Dauod In Conversation
Mark Gevisser and Pwaangulongii Dauod discuss Africa’s LGBTI communities, an experience of violent sexual repression, and Afro-Modernity.
Discoveries: Thomas Pynchon Found!
The politics of outing writers with pseudonyms, the power of Nell Zink’s first sentences, and Trump fiction.
The Beauty and the Bat
‘I knew who she was well enough, by then – a competent woman in earnest who didn’t like me.’
Five Things Right Now: Renee Gladman
‘I go here to slow everything down, to study shadow in a space of dreaming.’
‘When I picture my childhood, it’s like I’m swimming underwater.’ Merethe Lindstrøm’s story is translated from the Norwegian by Marta Eidsvåg, and is the winner of Harvill Secker’s Young Translators’ Prize 2016.
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’
Labyrinth of the Heart
‘Every marriage is forged differently; some crack at a touch, others endure beyond belief, still others are tempered by events and time.’
Matthew Griffin and Stuart Nadler In Conversation
‘I find myself lately spending so much time trying to preserve whatever is left of my pre-internet brain.’
Memoirs of a Polar Bear
‘I was perfectly content with my new life until I began to write my autobiography.’
Astrid Alben In Conversation: Podcast
Astrid Alben discusses her work, the interdisciplinary journal Pars, and developing a poetic alter ego.
He Had His Reasons
Colin Barrett on the Hawe family murder-suicide, and what the Irish media’s coverage tells us about the nation’s prejudices.
‘I felt intolerably miserable. There were posters everywhere reminding me I was Manless’
Winnie and the Innocence of the World
‘This is how I became Winnie’s clandestine, outcast and utterly powerless guardian angel.’
The Good Citizens
‘In the black fog of her grief, Anna Kraft received an invitation.’
‘She feels the wildness enter her and keeps her eyes shut.’ New fiction from Eliza Robertson.
The Adventures of Amit Majmudar
‘Never laid a snare for nothin. / Never caught a bullfrog. Broke / my slingshot wishbone, wishin. / Never had a smoke.’ New poetry from Amit Majmudar.