My selection of Penguin Modern books, stacked up with spines facing.

My Selection of Penguin Moderns

If you hang out in bookshops, chances are you’ve spotted the bite-size books Penguin has been releasing for the past three years. It started with the Little Black Classics, a collection of £1 short seminal works and extracts, all published with the same recognizable black cover. The success of this format led to the addition of 46 new titles to the series a few months later, and this year, to the introduction of a brand new collection, more radical in content: the Penguin Modern series.

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The Louise Erdrich Project: Future Home of the Living God Interview Round-up

Future Home of the Living God was published on Friday in the UK, and although I’ve already reviewed the book, I still would like to mark its release in my adoptive country. It’s not difficult to find which approach to take in this second post, because as any fan will tell you, there’s only one thing that’s as exciting as new material: the coverage of new material. Yes baby, it’s new press time.

Now, Louise Erdrich not being Taylor Swift, there’s only a limited number of articles to choose from to build a round-up. Among this limited number of articles, I’m only picking interviews, because, well, I’m a sucker for Erdrich’s words. Here’s my Future Home Interview Round-up.

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The Louise Erdrich Project: Future Home of the Living God (novel, 2017)

Warning: this review contains minor spoilers.

I’m currently engaged in a crazy project to read and review most of Louise Erdrich’s books in order of publication, and so today I should be blogging about her 1986 novel The Beet Queen. She just published a new book however, and I can’t be expected to follow a reading list when there’s a brand new Louise Erdrich novel in existence. Below are my thoughts on Future Home of the Living God, published today in the US.

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The Louise Erdrich Project: Love Medicine (novel, 1984)

Warning: This review contains spoilers.

The second book in my Louise Erdrich Project is Love Medicine, her most famous novel, and the one that’s considered a modern classic. It tells the story of two Ojibwe families, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines, over three generations. I see it as a sort of roadmap to Erdrich’s world, since it introduces the North Dakota reservation that will become her default backdrop, and many characters who will appear in her later novels. But it’s obviously a lot more than that.

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Photo of a book cover taken from above, as the book rests on a black wooden surface. The upper and bottom parts of the book not visible. The book cover is grey, with the words "English Language" emblazoned on it in black bold capital letters.

Writing Advice To Myself, a Non-native English Speaker

I am a non-native speaker of English who writes in English. This means I write from a strange sort of distance that I’m always trying to close to make a point. At the same time, this distance can work to my advantage – when I want to evade criticism. You see, if I use English poorly, it can’t be my fault: I’m not a native speaker. Convenient, uh? Only this time, when I read George Orwell’s discussion of bad writing in Politics and the English Language, I felt like I no longer had an excuse. I faced my weaknesses as a little scribbler, and wrote a few recommendations for myself. This is my Orwell-inspired writing advice to myself as a non-native speaker of English.

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