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Portrait of a troubled lady - Newcastle Herald

Portrait of a troubled lady - Newcastle Herald | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Portrait of a troubled lady
Newcastle Herald

 

In Alan Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child, a novel concerned with the literary afterlife, a character observes that it is dangerous for a minor writer to attract the attention of a biographer: once their story has been told, further accounts are unlikely, no matter what the shortcomings of the original. Madeleine St John, the first Australian woman to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize, was a minor writer of a distinguished kind; nevertheless, Hollinghurst's warning hovered over my reading of this carefully researched book.

 

Helen Trinca is a senior journalist at The Australian, and her investigative reach is impressive. Her exploration of her subject's family background is illuminating. St John's father was the maverick Liberal MP Ted St John, famous for criticising John Gorton in his maiden speech; her mother was Sylvette Cargher, a Romanian-French immigrant. When St John was 12, Sylvette committed suicide after years of alcoholism. Ted mishandled the way the news was conveyed to his daughters. For the rest of her days, St John blamed him for the death, which she persisted in believing was an accident.

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Nordic Noir 101: 10 Best Books to Get to Know the Genre - Signature

Nordic Noir 101: 10 Best Books to Get to Know the Genre - Signature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Nordic noir fiction centers on brutal crimes tinged with shocking violence. Here are ten of the best nordic noir books to read right now.
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"For fans of crime fiction, Nordic noir represents the bleakest of the bleak, often centering on brutal crimes tinged with shocking violence. The tales invariably feature protagonists who, while possessing a generally ferocious sense of justice, are nonetheless tortured, brooding, and generally introspective. The settings, whether city streets or remote villages, are desolate and harsh. Combine these elements with densely plotted mysteries that often feature more than a few shocking turns and a spartan, direct prose style to accentuate the genre’s dark themes and it is not difficult to see why Nordic noir has been so influential and successful a piece of the crime genre."
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Stephen Greenblatt – Think Again - a Big Think Podcast #118 – Irresistible Fictions

Stephen Greenblatt – Think Again - a Big Think Podcast #118 – Irresistible Fictions | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Humanities scholar Stephen Greenblatt on one particular story that just won't let us go. 
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The Haunted Houses and Haunted Psyches of Shirley Jackson

The Haunted Houses and Haunted Psyches of Shirley Jackson | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

an acerbic faculty wife and mother of four was working away in Vermont, writing some of the most psychologically astute novels that have ever seen print, while juggling her family’s needs, a constant whirl of literary society, and her own neuroses and writer’s block.

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Vienna, City of Spies, Shrinks, and Shadows

Vienna, City of Spies, Shrinks, and Shadows | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
By and large a great deal of Vienna-set crime fiction delivers what you might expect—plots hatched in coffee houses, murders to the background of a Strauss
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Decrypting ‘Finnegans Wake’

Decrypting ‘Finnegans Wake’ | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Gerry Fialka’s literary detectives group is still on the case after 22 years By Michael A. Reyes Scholars have said a lot about James Joyce’s 1939 novel “Finnegans Wake.” Unreadable, fevered gibber…
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5 Crime Must-Reads Coming in October

5 Crime Must-Reads Coming in October | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Henning Mankell, After the Fire (Vintage) Mankell's legion of fans who are jonesing for the solid procedurals in the wonderful Wallander are not the ideal
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Highbrow horror movies deliver a message with the goosebumps

Highbrow horror movies deliver a message with the goosebumps | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Highbrow horror is having a pop culture moment, creeping us out while making us think, with a recent wave of "scary movies" that elevate the sometimes derided genre and spark spirited water-cooler discussion.
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NORLA Takes Norwegian Literature to New York City

NORLA Takes Norwegian Literature to New York City | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
At a book event in New York, NORLA presented three authors from Norway and offered American publishers a closer look at Norwegian literature and publishing.
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Scandinavian literature, especially mysteries, is gaining in popularity in the U.S.
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Exclusive: Carla Gugino & Bruce Greenwood talk playing Gerald's Game!

Exclusive: Carla Gugino & Bruce Greenwood talk playing Gerald's Game! | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
AITH Exclusive: Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood talk Netflix's Gerald's Game!
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Treating Patients, Creating Characters

Treating Patients, Creating Characters | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In my case, the impulse turned out to be writerly, leading me away from crafting lyric poems toward writing a novel. I needed to understand better those paradoxes and conundrums of the human soul that are the basis of good fiction. Therapists and fiction writers share a lot in common: our charge is to observe and empathize with our clients/characters, to listen to their stories and help them discover new ones, to excavate the strata of their experience and bear witness to their motivations, their secrets, their unspoken desires. To do this with grace and objectivity, we need to know our own biases and personality ticks.

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Michael Pearce And Jessie Buckley On British Thriller ‘Beast’ And “The Dark Shadows In Our Self” – Toronto Studio

Michael Pearce And Jessie Buckley On British Thriller ‘Beast’ And “The Dark Shadows In Our Self” – Toronto Studio | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Michael Pearce And Jessie Buckley On British Thriller ‘Beast’ And “The Dark Shadows In Our Self” – Toronto Studio
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Writing transnationally: Poets on writing between places - ASEF culture360.asef.org

Writing transnationally: Poets on writing between places - ASEF culture360.asef.org | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
People’s lives are more mobile than ever with estimates that this will only increase. However, the need for feeling like one belongs in a place is even more relevant in a world of constant change.
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From Don't Look Now to The Child in Time: why do we crave stories of lost children?

From Don't Look Now to The Child in Time: why do we crave stories of lost children? | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. As a new TV adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel starring Benedict Cumberbatch hits our screens, we explore our fears and fantasies around the ultimate horror


"The children, missing and dead, that recur throughout culture are frequently used as mirrors to parental attitudes, and function as a sort of free-for-all for viewers and readers to judge and to project their own fears and fantasies"

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CIS: Bloomsbury Reader brings you classic crime fiction

CIS: Bloomsbury Reader brings you classic crime fiction | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
For Classics in September, we take you on a tour of the Bloomsbury Reader stable, featuring vintage crime for ever
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A Second Wife Haunted by the Shadow of Her Husband’s First

A Second Wife Haunted by the Shadow of Her Husband’s First | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Lily Tuck’s new novel, steeped in references to literary forebears, exposes the psychological obsession of women who’ve wed the same man.
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"For whom are clues gathered — the narrator, or the reader?" I do love a good unreliable narrator!
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Were the Seeds of 'Leaves of Grass' Buried in a Newly Discovered Novel by Walt Whitman?

Were the Seeds of 'Leaves of Grass' Buried in a Newly Discovered Novel by Walt Whitman? | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
A literary scholar named Zachary Turpin at the University of Houston has discovered and published two previously unknown books by Walt Whitman during the last couple of years, but, like Columbus, he has been reluctant to recognize the implications of what he has found, and his principa
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Novel 'Forest Dark' And Dog Book 'Afterglow' Consider The Meaning Of Life

Novel 'Forest Dark' And Dog Book 'Afterglow' Consider The Meaning Of Life | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two books that use experimental forms to tackle weighty topics. "Both of these odd new books offer something special," she says.
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Science fiction fans: the latest mind-warping reads | Toronto Star

Science fiction fans: the latest mind-warping reads  | Toronto Star | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
New sci-fi escapes including "the most intellectually provocative horror novel of the twenty-first century”
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16 INSANE Twist Endings That Saved Their Movies

16 INSANE Twist Endings That Saved Their Movies | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Sometimes, all it takes is one audacious twist to save a movie from being forgotten. Here are 16 that outright saved their films.
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The Anna Karenina Fix: Lessons from Russian Literature by Viv Groskop – review

The Anna Karenina Fix: Lessons from Russian Literature by Viv Groskop – review | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Biblio-memoir of a russophile conveyed in a charming, breezy style
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Here's Why Every American Should Read Ta-Nehisi Coates - Signature

Here's Why Every American Should Read Ta-Nehisi Coates - Signature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Ta-Nehisi Coates's new collection, We Were Eight Years in Power, is part memoir, part American history. Here's why it's essential to us in the here and now.
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October Surprise: Netflix's 'Gerald's Game' A Critical Coup

October Surprise: Netflix's 'Gerald's Game' A Critical Coup | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Mike Flanagan's 'Gerald's Game' Stephen King adaptation is earning rave reviews, 

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features George Saunders, Mohsin Hamid and Ali Smith

Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features George Saunders, Mohsin Hamid and Ali Smith | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The 2017 nominees for the U.K.'s top literary prize include a hefty dose of marquee authors, such as Paul Auster. But the list also features a pair of debuts,
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Why you're probably reading the wrong books — and missing the point

Why you're probably reading the wrong books — and missing the point | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

If we limit our reading to books by writers who resemble ourselves, aren't we missing the point, asks Nicola Heath.


"Reading literally gives you windows to worlds that are far outside of your own experience," says Kon-yu, who believes racism, sexism and homophobia would be less prevalent if we spent more time experiencing the world with other people, "if only in fiction".

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The Test of Time: Flatliners (1990)

The Test of Time: Flatliners (1990) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
We reassess Joel Schumacher's FLATLINERS 27 years after its release.
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I think I'm going to pass on the remake. How about you?
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