June 15, 2017
Anyone who has read Dostoevsky would be surprised to know about how this writer made his literary beginning. In At the Firing Squad: The Radical Works of a Young Dostoevsky, Matthew James Seidel looks at the books that came before … Continue reading
March 23, 2017
Imagine a world without Russian classics– a world where the works of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Chekhov are unknown? If it wasn’t for a woman named Constance Garnett, this kind of world may have existed. Constance Garnett was a coroner’s daughter. … Continue reading
December 8, 2016
Can books cure people of their ailments? This is what bibliotherapy promises but James McWilliams is skeptical. In the essay Books Should Send Us Into Therapy: On The Paradox of Bibliotherapy, McWilliams analyses the pros and cons of bibliotherapy. The essay … Continue reading
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March 14, 2016
It was the eighth anniversary of Pothi.com, the company that Jaya and Abhaya first founded. Last year at approximately the same time, we had our very first book party. The rules are still the same. Unlike conventional book club meets, … Continue reading
January 11, 2016
Do you read Nobel Laureates’ speeches? It’s not a bad idea to read or listen to Laureates in Literature, if you want to be what is called a serious writer. Svetlana Alexievich’s Nobel Lecture wakes you up, at least for … Continue reading