“When constant revisionism and re-invention is under way, what does it profit a biographer to drag the weary ‘facts’ before us?”
London Review of Books
Perhaps you didn’t know that in addition to being a very funny writer, Kafka’s life yields a lot of comedy too.
"What’s it like to be giving birth at home, and see blood pooling between your legs, and look up at the ashen faces of a birth attendant, a midwife, a spouse? What’s it like to feel the earth tremble and see the roof and walls of your home or school fall towards you? More to the point, in terms of survival: what happens next? It depends. Not just on the severity of the injury, but on who and where you are."
Creating, and then attempting to dismantle, a fake persona based on a man who died in 1984.
On spectacular saintliness, holy anorexia, and female hysteria.
On Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik and the rise of Islamophobia in Norway.