Virtual Library
A Reading Collection

Colonialism, J.K. Rowling, whiteness, memoir, illness, authorship, publishing, emotions, policing, urban life, time, writing, racism, embodiment, microbiology & virology, climate emergency, cancer, statues, black writers, code-switching, Generation C, death, Romanticism, mediumship, fantasy, Asian American writing, disease, protest, Walter Benjamin.

Compiled by Laura Szandomierska with contributions from Chris Arnephie, Second Year students at Creative Writing and English Literature.

‘White Supremacism and the Earth System’ – by Nafeez Ahmed

https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/white-supremacism-and-the-earth-system-fa14e0ea6147

‘How JK Rowling betrayed the world she created’ – by Gabrielle Bellot

https://lithub.com/how-jk-rowling-betrayed-the-world-she-created/

‘Always Narrating: The Making and Unmaking of Umberto Eco’ – by Costica Bradatan

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/always-narrating-the-making-and-unmaking-of-umberto-eco/

‘Negative emotions are a necessary part of a good life’ – by Arthur C. Brooks

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/06/dont-push-away-your-negative-emotions/613180/

‘The Culture of Policing is Broken’ – by David Brooks

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/how-police-brutality-gets-made/613030/

‘Otherbreath’ – by Julie Phillips Brown

https://jacket2.org/article/otherbreath

‘Location settings, or: the death of the city’ – by Chris Campanioni

https://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/location-settings-or-the-death-of-the-city/

‘A Certain Sagan’ – by Sophie Jean-Louis Constantine

https://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/a-certain-sagan/

‘Lineated time’ – by Raymond de Borja

https://jacket2.org/article/lineated-time

‘On the Extremest Verge’ – by Mark Doty

https://granta.com/on-the-extremest-verge/ 

‘Sejal Shah on the Tricky Work of Giving Shape to an Essay Collection – Anjali Enjeti in Conversation with the Author of This is One Way To Dance

https://lithub.com/sejal-shah-on-the-tricky-work-of-giving-shape-to-an-essay-collection/

‘NK Jemisin: It’s easier to get a book set in Black Africa published if you are white’ – by Alison Flood

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/02/nk-jemisin-its-easier-to-get-a-book-set-in-black-africa-published-if-youre-white

‘We owe more to our young writers: on the relevance of the workshop’ – by Ru Freeman

https://lithub.com/we-owe-more-to-our-young-writers-on-the-relevance-of-the-workshop/

‘Touching is a verb: the hands of the pandemic and the inescapable question’ – by Cristina Rivera Garza

https://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/touching-is-a-verb-the-hands-of-the-pandemic-and-the-inescapable-questions/

‘Poets on Couches’ – by Saskia Hamilton

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/columns/poets-on-couches/

‘When Scientific Data Shapes Climate Literature’ – by Heather Houser

https://lithub.com/when-scientific-data-shapes-climate-literature/

‘The Wicked Candor of Wanda Coleman’ – by Terrance Hughes

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2020/06/12/the-wicked-candor-of-wanda-coleman/

‘What Are the Boundaries of a Memoir?’ – by Beth Kephart

https://lithub.com/what-are-the-boundaries-of-a-memoir/

‘The American short story and me’ – by Linda Mannheim

https://www.influxpress.com/blog/2020/6/2/the-american-short-story-and-me-linda-mannheim

‘How Zora Neale Hurston Rewrote the Rule Book’ – by Sarah Lapido Manyika

https://www.newstatesman.com/zora-neale-hurston-legacy-harlem-renaissance-short-fiction-straight-lick-review

‘Abolish Whiteness’ –by Jason Okundaye

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2020/june/abolish-whiteness

‘Time and agency: alternate history fictions’ –by Keren Omry

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/time-and-agency-alternate-history-fictions/

‘The inward eye-painting, poetry, and the world of William Wordsworth’ –by Seamus Perry

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/painting-poetry-world-william-wordsworth/

‘We’re not talking to you, we’re talking to Saturn’ –by Nick Richardson

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v42/n12/nick-richardson/we-re-not-talking-to-you-we-re-talking-to-saturn

‘When the medium is the messenger-the art of communicating with spirits’ –by Sophie Ruigrok

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/artist-medium-drawing-room-london/

‘Urban fantasy novels: Why they matter and which ones to read first’ –by Paul March Russell

https://theconversation.com/urban-fantasy-novels-why-they-matter-and-which-ones-to-read-first-137942

‘Antindex’ –by James Sanders

https://jacket2.org/article/antindex

‘Desire and Disease in Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice’ –by Anthony Schneck

http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/essays/desire-disease-thomas-manns-death-venice/

‘Everything is what it is’ –by Fernando Sdrigotti

https://www.openpen.co.uk/everything-is-what-it-is/

‘Protest is the highest form of patriotism’ –by Adam Serwer

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/lonnie-bunch-confronting-race-america/613174/

‘Thriving in Isolation and Beyond: The Empowering Poetry of Vasyl Stus’ –by Bohdan Tokarsky

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/thriving-in-isolation-and-beyond-the-empowering-poetry-of-vasyl-stus/

‘Dreaming Freely: On The Ecstatic Fictions of Can Xue’ –by Bailey Trela

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/dreaming-freely-on-the-ecstatic-fictions-of-can-xue/

Alan Wall on the first person or ‘Considering I, alone’

https://fortnightlyreview.co.uk/2020/03/eye-altering/

‘Walter Benjamin and the City’ –by Alan Wall

https://fortnightlyreview.co.uk/2018/06/walter-benjamin-and-the-city/