How the greatest novel ever written can help you love better

Portrait of a young lady (so-called Anna Karenina) by Aleksei Mikhailovich Kolesov, 1885/Wikipedia

Anna Karenina, despite its age, has much wisdom to impart to modern lovers, from the dangers of idealising a partner, to the pitfalls of Romanticism, the difficulty of marriage and the importance of communication.

Naturally, there are elements of…

Bookshelves Can Fuel Prejudice. They Can Also Cure It.

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I just finished reading Virginia Woolf’s A Room Of One’s Own; an essay which incisively shows that women’s silence in fiction was down to their social marginalisation; they weren’t allowed the time, resources or the space with which to create masterpieces, and then were judged as creatively inferior on this…

A 5000-Year-Old Murder Mystery

An imagining of Ötzi being shot by Rudolf Farkas

A Remarkable Discovery

In 1991 two German tourists stumbled across a body emerging from glacial ice on the Öztal Alps in Southern Tyrol. The couple initially assumed the body to be relatively new; most likely that of a mountaineer who had slipped or succumbed to the elements. The couple alerted the authorities and…

“The line separating good and evil passes… right through every human heart.”

Solzhenitsyn with Heinrich Böll in West Germany, 1974

In The Gulag Archipelago, the Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn exposes the horrific crimes perpetrated by the Soviet State against its own citizens in the special labour camps, or Gulags, between 1918 and 1956. Part-documentary and part-autobiography, the book consists of legal documents, interviews with witnesses and autobiographical accounts of Solzhenitsyn’s…

Ross Carver-Carter

Read, Think, Write, Repeat

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