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Tram 83, the Congolese novel that’s wowing the literary world – extract

Published in Odd and Fun on 16th November 2017

Fiston Mwanza Mujilas debut novel, a criticism of neocolonialism boasting a throw of winoes and dreamers, is the dazzling articulation that DRC has been waiting for Acclaimed beginner Fiston Mwanza Mujila has dazzled the literary macrocosm with his introduction novel, a riotous look at the underbelly of life rarely put forward in sub-saharan African literature. […]

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Liar, liar: in a post-truth world, columnists reveal their biggest fib

Published in Odd and Fun on 23rd October 2017

The Oxford Dictionary has declared post-truth its term of its first year. But is it always wrong to lie? Not only had I never done any form of martial art in my entire life, but I couldnt even do any rehearsal When I was 21, I lived in Hong Kong, having descended out of university […]

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Colm Toibin, Anne Enright, Roddy Doyle … the Easter Rising 100 times on

Published in Odd and Fun on 22nd October 2017

A grandfather with a rifle for the purposes of the floorboards, a grandmother whose hero was Patrick Pearce and playing Insurrection in the playground Irish scribes reflect on what the 1916 resistance has meant for them and their country Colm Tibn In the early hours of the Thursday of Easter week 1916 my grandpa came […]

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Air Force One: the eventual strength journey

Published in Odd and Fun on 30th September 2017

The chairmen aircraft is a representation of US strength. Peter Conrad scrutinizes its own history and depictions in film, and what it genuinely tells us about America In the beginning, myth told floors about affairs or suffers that would otherwise leave us eluded how “the worlds” was generated, what happens when we are expire. The […]

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Is sugar the world’s most well known medication? | Gary Taubes

Published in Odd and Fun on 17th September 2017

The Long Read: It eases suffering, seems to be addictive and demo every signed of making long-term health problems. Is it time to quit sugar for good? Imagine a drug that can intoxicate us, can imbue us with vitality and can be taken by lip. It doesnt have to be injected, smoked, or snorted for […]

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Ann Patchett:’ If novelists are to survive we must take responsibility for ourselves and our industry’

Published in Odd and Fun on 14th September 2017

The author discuss buying her own bookstore, the legacy of divorce and referring to herself in the third largest person In the windowpane above Ann Patchetts desk is a small steel and enamel sign that speaks: What good shall I do this day? This simple dictum is the engine of Patchetts world, both on the […]

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Moby:’ There were bags of drugs, I was having fornication with a stranger’

Published in Odd and Fun on 13th September 2017

He was the dispassionate, Christian dance music innovator but then Moby obtained success … Now hes coming clean Before I picked up Mobys brand-new memoir, Porcelain, I thought of him as a small, bald-pated, cheeky chappy who did tuneful dance music. I knew he had a few unconventional idea( wasnt he vegan? Hardcore Christian? Perhaps […]

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We need to talk about culture appropriation: why Lionel Shriver’s speech touched a nerve

Published in Odd and Fun on 5th August 2017

Is it OK for white scribes to take on a black spokesperson? The assert that followed the American novelists address in Brisbane has shed new light on one of cultures hottest debates one that has hundreds of years of backstory and has sounded through literature, rap, stone and Hollywood movies Lionel Shriver knew she was […]

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Ann Patchett:’ If writers are to survive we must take responsibility for ourselves and our manufacture’

Published in Odd and Fun on 20th July 2017

The author explores buying her own bookstore, the bequest of divorce and referring to herself in the third person In the windowpane above Ann Patchetts desk is a small steel and enamel sign that reads: What good shall I do this day? This simple dictum is the engine of Patchetts world, both on the sheet […]

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What a society chooses to remember and forget: the conflict for New Zealand’s history | Vincent O’Malley

Published in Odd and Fun on 8th July 2017

Those who tell Maori to stop living in the past rarely relate the same reasoning to first world war commemorations. Is New Zealand mature enough to own its history? Early in 2014 groupings of school students from a small town in rural areas in New Zealand took a journey to some nearby historical sites. Navigated […]

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