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Thinking Pig

Stories of animal transformation abound in myths and folktales across the world. The theme is one that pervades Greek and Celtic mythologies, to take just two examples, and traditionally takes two forms: the ability of a god or… Read More

On Not Getting It

  Curiosity can sometimes be more satisfying, more enhancing, than the mere consolation of achievement. A while ago I wrote here on Kafka’s claim that in spite of knowing how to swim, he had not forgotten what it… Read More

Knowing how not to swim

  I have just picked up (and put down) a fat novel by a leading British novelist. It doesn’t matter which one. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker a few years ago. It’s meant to be a… Read More

The Arabian Nights and Franz Kafka

  I would hate to give the impression that I do not enjoy reading novels. It is just that in the normal course of my work I read an awful lot of fiction and sometimes I like to… Read More

The Lottery in Babylon

In Borges’ story The Lottery in Babylon, narrated by an exile from that place, we learn that there had once been a regular lottery in Babylon, in which only the winners were announced, but that it began to… Read More

Kafka and Obsession

“Hold fast to the diary from today on! Write regularly! Don’t surrender! Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it at every moment.” Huzzah! Never before, I suggest, has this ejaculation been used… Read More

How to talk about books you haven’t read (and how to write like Kafka)

    I wake up early, make tea, return to bed, and start reflecting on the many, many books that I have not read, that I will in all probability never read. In an attempt to console myself… Read More