The letter E, the influential vowel and one of the most frequently used letters in the English language, died yesterday. The vowel was 2,800 years old. The cause was obsolescence in the face of emerging technology, said the letter’s next of kin, the letter F.
Patti Smith has a passion for the Bloomsbury Group, the influential set of upper-middle class writers, artists, philosophers and intellectuals, who came to prominence in England during the early twentieth century and lasted, in various forms, until the 1960s.
From new voices like NoViolet Bulawayo to rediscovered old voices like James Salter, from Dave Eggers's satire to David Thomson's history of film, writers, Observer critics and others pick their favourite reads of 2013. And they tell us what they hope to find under the tree.
Walking corpses — zombies — follow us everywhere, through novels, television, cinema. Back in the real world, ordinary citizens turn survivalist, ready to scale a mountain of corpses if it means enduring.
Three weeks before Lolita arrived in bookstores in France, where it first came out that September, Parker published a story — in The New Yorker, of all places — titled “Lolita,” and it centered on an older man, a teen bride, and her jealous mother. How could this have come to pass?