When Mark Twain entitled his satirical essay on learning German ‘The Awful German Language’, he presumably intended ‘awful’ in both senses. German, I have found, is both awfully difficult to l… Read article
Last Monday, having convinced myself that a thirty-five hour train journey was the only way I was going to read the last four hundred pages of Anna Karenina - a course of reasoning that my abject and … Read article
I am in an agony of classification. Indicate the number (on a scale of 1-10) that best corresponds to how important each attribute is to you. Give a higher rating to attributes that are more import… Read article
Plea for a flotation Magnus’s melon seeds floaton dark and weightytomes of pond. Only a sampan built to withstanda resurrection(that troubling symbol) will do. We have pilchards at tea-time,w… Read article
'Clearly I am thinking about nothing. I am most certainly looking at nothing. Since nothing is present to my consciousness to beguile me with its colour and movement, I have not become one with anythi… Read article
Driving through the desert outskirts of Ciudad Juárez, I saw a car on a pole, a crashed, burnt out, gutted vehicle raised up on a stick, presented like a tray to the birds of prey circling above. S… Read article
‘That is how humanity should be, I think,’ said Dad. ‘Like a computer?’ ‘Yes, Jonathan. It is much less bother. There’s none of the usual nonsense.’ This could have been anytime in th… Read article
In his À la recherche du temps perdu Marcel Proust writes of memories unfurling and unfolding like Japanese paper flowers suspended in water – from small seedlike bundles into fragile and exquisite… Read article
In September 1928, while preparing to travel, Dr Grigoriy Ivanovich Rossolimo died. Soon after death, the brain was removed from the corpse and preserved for transportation to the new Moscow Brain Res… Read article
In 2007, a group of us attempted to walk the circumference of the Olympic Park in Stratford. It was surrounded by a blue fence, the colour of the off-licence plastic bags strewn across the canal towpa… Read article
List of Contributors
Nia Davies is a poet and novelist. She has had her poems published in various magazines and anthologies such as Poetry Wales, The White Review and The Salt Book of Younger Poets. Her pamphlet Then Spree will be published by Salt in autumn 2012. She is based in London. http://niadavies.
Jonathan Gharraie lives in Derbyshire and is working on his first novel.
By night Jonathan Gray is doing a PhD in philosophy and the history of ideas at Royal Holloway, University of London. By day he works at the Open Knowledge Foundation, where he gently encourages governments and galleries, libraries and laboratories to open up their material. More about him can be found at jonathangray.org. @jwyg
Susanna Hislop is an actor, writer and theatre maker living in London. @SusannaHislop
Rose McLaren is a writer and artist living in London. She has written for a variety of arts and literature publications and is now writing fiction and working in publishing.
Julian Mills is an artist, illustrator, entrepreneur and occasional chef. @julianmills_
Leila Peacock is an artist and writer currently based in Zürich where she is working on a series of oblique illustrations for William Empson's Seven Types of Ambiguity.