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Book Review: Gerald Durrell’s Encounters with Animals

A review of one of British conservationist and hilarious writer Gerald Durrell’s less-known gems.

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Advice on Writing

Writing Advice: Putting advice in context. Are you a Pantser or a Plotter?

In this two-part article on the craft of writing, I discuss what strategies pantsers and plotters might try to improve each stage of the writing process.

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Personal Essay

Guest Post on Already Pretty: Style, Sexual Identity, Binaries, and Perfectionism

In this essay published at Already Pretty, I explore the intersection of personal style, sexuality, and how I broke free of binaries.

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Book review

Charles Dickens’s Bleak House.

A critique of one of Dickens’s less-known but most masterful novels.

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Book review

What I Read – A selection from Aesop’s Fables

Some life lessons from an ancient Greek fabulist.

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Book review Science

The Ancestor’s Tale Offers a Fascinating Journey Back to our Roots

In this review published at Countercurrents, I examine Dawkins’s encylopaedia of the tree of life.

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Book review Politics

Mark Tully’s No Full Stops in India exposes the decades-long roots of contemporary India’s social chasms, systemic injustices, and communal tensions

In this article published at Qrius, I explore the continuing relevance of BBC journalist Mark Tully’s book of essays on India.

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Reading: Halfway through Dickens’s masterpiece *Bleak House*

Image Source: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Bleak-House I’m about halfway through Dickens’s Bleak House.  This is a partial review, written as a comparison of Bleak House to Dickens’s body of work. Bleak House (1852) was the ninth of Dickens’s fifteen novels, counting the unfinished Edwin Drood.  In several respects, Bleak House is a very Dickensian novel:  Littered with characters.  […]

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Book review

Reading: A volume of Ivan Bunin’s short stories

A book of short stories by Russia’s first Nobel Laureate.

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What I read

Reading: short stories from Electric Lit and *Everything Change Climate Fiction*

Ten splendid short stories I read this week.