At Night All Blood Is Black

"At Night All Blood Is Black"

Review by Joshua Isard
A review of a lauded book no one else seems to be reading.

On Hermann Hesse and "The Glass Bead Game"

Column by Joshua Isard July 1, 2022
An examination of Hesse's magnum opus, and how it can help artists approach modern issues.

The Vital Role of Libraries in Wartime

Column by Leah Dearborn
As visible, public cultural institutions, libraries have long played a role in the protection of civilians and shared heritage, as well as information dissemination during wartime.

Everything You Need To Know About the 2021 International Booker Prize Shortlist

Column by Emmanuel Nataf June 25, 2021
Da-da-dum, the International Booker Winner has been announced, and you haven't even read the shortlist. Don’t worry: this post is here to help.

5 Comfort Reads to Remind You of the World’s Resilience

Column by Lisa Bubert March 30, 2020
Since our whole world is upside down right now, I figured we could use some uplifting reads.

What Works & What Doesn't: 'Full Metal Jacket'

Column by Christopher Shultz July 18, 2016
It's hailed as one of the best anti-war films ever made...but is its depiction of war not as good as it could be?
Bookshots: 'Fat Man and Little Boy' by Mike Meginnis

Bookshots: 'Fat Man and Little Boy' by Mike Meginnis

Review by Cath Murphy October 20, 2014
Concerning litters of piglets, unexplained pregnancies, identical twin movie stars, conjoined infants, Kamikaze pilots, and two bombs turned human.
Bookshots: 'The Corpse Exhibition' by Hassan Blasim

Bookshots: 'The Corpse Exhibition' by Hassan Blasim

Review by Leah Dearborn
Hassan Blasim's collection of stories presents a surreal interior view of both the Iraq War and a multitude of horrors that followed in its wake.
Roger Waters Writes Poem for Veteran Who Located Where His Father Was Killed

Roger Waters Writes Poem for Veteran Who Located Where His Father Was Killed

News by Dean Fetzer November 13, 2013
The Pink Floyd frontman has sent a poem to 93-year-old Henry Shindler, who discovered the “exact time and place where the singer’s father died during a German attack”.

The Pen and the Sword: Ten Books That Instigate Conflict and Promote Peace

Column by Leah Dearborn November 8, 2013
Books are not always innocent creations. Time and again, the written word has helped to both inflame and resolve human conflicts.
Jane Austen prescribed as antidote to horrors of WW1

Novels of Jane Austen Used to Treat Shell-Shocked Soldiers in WWI

News by Dean Fetzer
According to Oxford fellow Dr Paula Byrne, the author’s books gave veterans a sense of security, and this comfort is probably why her writing still appeals... in a ‘crazy’ world
Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne WWI propagandist

Author of Winnie the Pooh Wrote Propaganda During World War I

News by Dean Fetzer
A.A. Milne was widely considered a pacifist, but newly uncovered documents suggest he was recruited to a military propaganda group charged with putting a positive spin on the war at home in Britain.