The Review

As we drag our heels towards winter, the thought of hibernating has potentially crossed our minds. As for the unnamed narrator of Ottessa Moshfegh's 2018 oeuvre, she would rather check out entirely. Moshfegh's recently Columbia-graduated protagonist oozes privilege, grief, millennial panic (intentionally mellowed by the meds), and an endlessly narcissistic - near sociopathic - disregard for anyone else (poor Reva, her basic BFF). She slips in and out of consciousness, staying awake only to catch glimpses of Whoopie Goldberg films and to visit her equally as troubling therapist-come-drug-dealer. Its early 00s milieu gives off that Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho air, an unsettling tone which is further distilled through the female lens. It's a slow, meandering read, but allow it to wash over you; there is a deep intensity that exists between her shallow facade and the banal tragedy of privilege. 
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The Wisdom

"What insults my soul is the idea—popular in the culture just now, and presented in widely variant degrees of complexity—that we can and should write only about people who are fundamentally “like” us: racially, sexually, genetically, nationally, politically, personally. That only an intimate authorial autobiographical connection with a character can be the rightful basis of a fiction. I do not believe that. I could not have written a single one of my books if I did." 

Taken from a piece by Zadie Smith for
the New York Review Of Books, titled
'Fascinated To Presume: In Defence Of Fiction'.


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The Interview

On top of getting a real office with plants and swipe entry cards, we also decided to find someone to look after the community of readers and writers we’re building out in the world. Cat joined the team last week and we thought we better ask her about what makes her tick. What we love about Cat is that she can flit between unpacking the Old Vic’s winter theatre programme and the latest Netflix binge – she basically waxed lyrical about Lucy Prebble's new play A Very Expensive Poison and new Netflix show The Politician in the same breath (with the same level of feverish excitement). Welcome to the S&T team, Cat!
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The Brand 

One of the few brands who champion words as much as design aesthetic, Monzo have created a distinct personality with their written content. Their tone of voice is authoritative yet never condescending, familiar not cliché, and always accessible and fun. It probably helps that they've enlisted wordsmith Harry Ashbridge as their chief writer, who carefully curates and crafts the brand's verbage and roster of contributors. We caught up with Harry to find out how important language is to a brand like Monzo.
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The Prompt

Summer is long gone, but luckily writing is a portal that can take us back and forth to those feelings of nostalgia.

Write about a time when heat created tension... 

You could create characters or a scene, draw on personal experience or write a journal-inspired monologue. 

This article by Aida Edemarium for The Guardian might help.
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The Storylist

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous - Ocean Vuong
The Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead
10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World - Elif Shafak

I Have To Ask: Jia Tolentino - Slate
Will Impeachment Cost Democrats The White House? - Vanity Fair
The Tallest Man I Ever Loved - Andrew Rannells for
The New York Times 'Modern Love'

Women Who
Read Like The Wind
The School Of Life

Have I Run Out Of Ambition? - Katie Heaney, The Cut
"Can't I Just Say It's Tasty?" Why Food Critics Go Too Far - Zoe Williams,
The Guardian
Where Do We Stand On The Exclamation Point? - Emma Goldberg,
New York Times

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