To blag (v): to sound like you know what you’re talking about when you don’t The Blagger’s Guide to Literature (n): an invaluable resource for those who wish to blag about books without reading them.

The Blagger's Guide to Sylvia Plath

Column by Cath Murphy January 15, 2013
To blag (v): to sound like you know what you’re talking about when you don’t The Blagger’s Guide to Literature (n): an invaluable resource for those who wish to blag about books without reading them.

The Blagger's Guide to J. R. R. Tolkien

Column by Cath Murphy December 21, 2012
Want to sound like a Tolkien expert without dressing up in a cloak and joining the local Middle-earth society? The Blagger's Guide gives you the trivia with none of the pain.

The Blagger's Guide to J G Ballard

Column by Cath Murphy November 2, 2012
Yes, J G Ballard did write about machines. No, he did not script the Transformers movies. Find out the essential facts without hurting your brain with this handy Blagger’s Guide.

The Blagger's Guide to Ayn Rand

Column by Cath Murphy October 25, 2012
Did Ayn Rand sleep with Alan Greenspan? If you can face that mental image with stoicism, but blanch at the thought of trying to plough through 'Atlas Shrugged,' this Blagger’s Guide is for you.

The Blagger's Guide to David Foster Wallace

Column by Cath Murphy October 4, 2012
Do you develop indigestion at the prospect of consuming Infinite Jest’s 1097 pages? Dine instead on this tiny, bite-sized knowledge snack about the man the Chicago Tribune once called a genius.

The Blagger's Guide to Gore Vidal

Column by Cath Murphy
No, he wasn’t a hairdresser. Fill the gaps in your ignorance and avoid embarrassing mistakes with this handy Blagger’s Guide to one of America’s greatest men of letters.

The Blagger's Guide to William Faulkner

Column by Cath Murphy August 7, 2012
Does reading Faulkner make you feel like Lying Down and Dying? Think he is all Sound and Fury? The Blagger's Guide will make you a Faulkner buff without turning a page of his work.

The Blagger’s Guide to Shirley Jackson

Column by Cath Murphy July 13, 2012
Want to hold your own with the literati but find the idea of actually reading serious books about as appealing as a night of passion with Newt Gingrich? Fear not, the Blagger’s Guide is ready to help.

The Blagger's Guide to James Joyce

Column by Cath Murphy June 19, 2012
For most people, reading Joyce is about as enjoyable as gnawing your way through a concrete post. Sound like an expert without having to turn a page of the dreaded 'Finnegans Wake.'

The Blagger's Guide to Philosophy and Literature

Column by Cath Murphy May 2, 2012
Don't know your Foucault from your fucked up? This short but essential guide to philosophy's influence on fiction is here to help.