How to Distinguish Rape From Romance

A review of Kate Elizabeth Russell’s My Dark Vanessa By Bou Laam Wong If someone were to ask me how I’d describe Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel Lolita, I would say it’s another example of a tragic tale about a young girl’s loss of innocence told through the voice of her rapist. There are plenty ofContinue reading “How to Distinguish Rape From Romance”

The Privilege of White Authors

My Dark Vanessa and Excavation: Who Can Write (White) What? By Ariane Dijckmeester In the first half of 2020, Kate Elizabeth Russell made a splash in the literary scene, before her debut novel My Dark Vanessa had even been released. Russell’s novel, which depicts the disturbing and deeply psychological romance between a student and aContinue reading “The Privilege of White Authors”

In Defence of Cancel Culture

The War on Free Speech By Mayke Keller Cancel culture has become the norm of the literary world. Anonymous social media users, Twitter mobs, and Goodread bloggers have taken upon themselves the authority to cancel everyone and everything they deem as problematic. With success. Books get pulled, works get burned, authors get bullied into leavingContinue reading “In Defence of Cancel Culture”

“No Right”

A review of Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain By Ella van Driel “The day was flat.” – Douglas Stuart This is the first sentence that greets you in Douglas Stuart’s first novel Shuggie Bain. The novel starts with “Shuggie” Bain living alone in a dingy bedsit in Glasgow in 1992. Sweet and short, this first sentence feelsContinue reading ““No Right””

Is Our Poetic Soul Safe?

By Runcong Liu Whether or not you keep abreast of recent developments in artificial intelligence, you have probably come across news about Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (commonly known as GPT-3), a language model released by the AI laboratory OpenAI this summer. “Feed me a prompt, I will repay you whatever you want.” If GPT-3 can speak, that is probably how it willContinue reading “Is Our Poetic Soul Safe?”

A Dazzling Debut of Literary Inclusivity

A review of R.B. Lemberg’s The Four Profound Weaves By Kris van der Voorn Don’t worry about transphobic, sexist, or racist writers anymore: the new generation is here, and they are taking down every notion we have of privileged hierarchies. A breath of fresh air is blowing through the literary scene, and amidst it isContinue reading “A Dazzling Debut of Literary Inclusivity”

J.K. Rowling Has Gone and ‘Expelliarmussed’ Herself

By Annick Smithers A question that many a Harry Potter fan has asked themselves this year is: what should I do with all my favourite books? J.K. Rowling has come under fire for expressing her transphobic opinions on Twitter, and many fans are now turning their backs on the author who has previously meant soContinue reading “J.K. Rowling Has Gone and ‘Expelliarmussed’ Herself”

Pop Culture, the Bush Era, and Aliens

A Fun but Flawed Love Letter to the 2000s By Leda Serikoglu In her debut novel Axiom’s End, the first in a five-book series, Lindsay Ellis rewinds the clock to an alternative autumn of 2007: George W. Bush is still the President of the United States; the Iraq War still hammers on; but now theContinue reading “Pop Culture, the Bush Era, and Aliens”