The cumulative nature of diverse reading

[This article was originally published in February 2016 on Medium.] The name I gave my commitment to not read books by men in 2015 — the No Man’s Land Reading Project — is the only original thing about it. Author Jack Heath did it in 2011 and would like you to know women write just as well if not … Continue reading The cumulative nature of diverse reading

Book Review — Birds of America (1998) by Lorrie Moore

This review is part of the No Man’s Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. It's rare that a collection of short stories makes the New York Times bestseller list. Lorrie Moore … Continue reading Book Review — Birds of America (1998) by Lorrie Moore

Book Review — Lucy (1990) by Jamaica Kincaid

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. Lucy is a migrant story, and in 1990, when Lucy was first published, there were fewer novels like it … Continue reading Book Review — Lucy (1990) by Jamaica Kincaid

Book Review — My Brilliant Friend (2012) by Elena Ferrante

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. What a thing is Elena Ferrante. Not since the publication of the last Harry Potter novel have I … Continue reading Book Review — My Brilliant Friend (2012) by Elena Ferrante

Book Review — Learning by Heart (1986) by Margot Livesey

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. A few weeks ago in a review of Anne Enright's short story collection The Portable Virgin I made this … Continue reading Book Review — Learning by Heart (1986) by Margot Livesey

Book Review — The Secret River (2006) by Kate Grenville

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. I wonder how many nations' readers are familiar with the sensation of picking up a work of … Continue reading Book Review — The Secret River (2006) by Kate Grenville

Book Review — The Portable Virgin (1991) by Anne Enright

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. Anne Enright has come a long way since this collection of short stories put her on the … Continue reading Book Review — The Portable Virgin (1991) by Anne Enright

Book Review — The Poisonwood Bible (1998) by Barbara Kingsolver

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. I will probably realise this generalisation to be false not long after making it, but for now it's … Continue reading Book Review — The Poisonwood Bible (1998) by Barbara Kingsolver

Book Review — The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (2015) by Jessica Hopper

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. Reviews of Kendrick's debut album, contemplations of Lana Del Ray, treatises on the state of Coachella, dispassionate … Continue reading Book Review — The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (2015) by Jessica Hopper

Book Review — Lovers’ Knots (1992) by Marion Halligan

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. The sub-heading of this book is "A hundred-year novel". This is no lie: the sum of the … Continue reading Book Review — Lovers’ Knots (1992) by Marion Halligan

Book Review — We Need New Names (2013) by NoViolet Bulawayo

This review is part of the No Man's Land Reading Project, an attempt to right a gendered imbalance in my reading and a general imbalance in the availability of reviews (by men, especially) of works by female authors. You know when you finish a book and spend the immediately proceeding half-hour sitting completely still, staring at … Continue reading Book Review — We Need New Names (2013) by NoViolet Bulawayo