Posted on 17th July 2013

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How Should a Person Be?

Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be? is an autobiographical record of writer’s block, capturing the alternate periods of self-questioning and self-mythologizing, the resolutions and the confessional purges. The book follows its first-person narrator, the newly-divorced writer ‘Sheila’, as she struggles with a commission from a feminist theatre company. The script does not have to…

Posted on 15th April 2013

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Weirdo

In his 1946 article ‘Decline of the English Murder’, George Orwell formulated the tabloid reader’s ideal homicide case. The culprit should be a suburban professional gentleman, the crime should be motivated by a guilty passion for a colleague’s wife, and the murder weapon ‘should, of course, be poison’. The public’s appetite for such stories suggested…

Posted on 16th October 2012

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Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother? is American cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s second graphic memoir. Coming six years after Fun Home, which took Bechdel’s relationship with her father as its subject, Are You My Mother? is anything but a neat step from one parent to the other. For a start, there are multiple maternal figures in this book…