"But people do pay other people to act like part of the family. That doesn't mean it's not a transaction.”
Historical fiction of the Welsh Saints who made their way to Salt Lake City in the 1800s.
“We are, as a culture, moving to a future with more people and more voices and more possibilities. Some people are being left behind, not because the future is intolerant of them but because they are intolerant of this future.”
“Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're thirty-four.”
“When black fury meets white denial, you have the combustible and fundamentally changed race relations we live in today.”
By Megan Thomas It’s the newest collection of comics from social media SUPERSTAR Catana Comics. Honestly, I can’t explain to you how sweet, charming and relatable these are - a romantic retelling of life in a modern relationship (and the couch-naps, pizza deliveries and snuggles involved). I sometimes see the comics and feel vaguely uneasy because…
“You will think me cruel, very selfish, but love is always selfish; the more ardent the more selfish."
“Can we disagree graciously I am tired of people not knowing the volume of their power.”
By Megan Thomas This absolute highlight of an exhibition is on at the Natural History Museum and I highly recommend everyone in London (or close enough) go visit. If you can’t, then these portfolios are a great way to see all the photographs from the various years. This is a copy of 2019’s award, and…
My thoughts on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla on Cardiff Book Talk
A Rookie’s Experience of Vampire Fiction:
Going into a book knowing that it arguably canonised vampire fiction (or Gothic horror) – written in 1872 (thus 26 years before Bram Stoker’s Dracula) – makes for an intimidating first impression. Yet, at no point did I feel overwhelmed by Irish author Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla. I relaxed into an easy-going reading of the vampire novella, as if finally tasting chocolate after only ever having chocolate-flavoured things.
That said, it’s time for a confession: my regard for vampire fiction until quite recently was The Twilight Saga, The Vampire Diaries, and a cartoon adaptation of Dracula, voiced by Adam Sandler. So, what I’m saying is: I knew very little about it. I have always understood that part of the package with genre-fiction and thus vampire fiction are tropes, but until reading Carmilla, I didn’t realise that tropes can…
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