Social commentator, novelist, orator. With the doco based on him now in the Oscars discussion, why not get better acquainted with James Baldwin.
“Swing Time” tackles female friendship, motherhood and celebrity, however it is author Zadie Smith’s keen eye for the human condition that will make it a classic.
Roanna Gonsalves’ book of short stories is a brilliant chronicle of migrant experiences, but is it better or worse for being limited to one tiny subset of the Indian community?
O, the lovers we covet, those with large bookcases and hard covers. Book people. If you have your eye on one, but are short in the knowledge department, worry not, for we can bluff you through it.
There’s a large list of colossal classics that sit in our “one day” pile. Until that day comes, fake it, with our Book Bluff treatment of Moby Dick. Warning: spoilers abound.
Stuck aghast in the aisles of a bookstore? Overawed? Lazy? Well, let us quickly goose your purchase. First up, “Purity” from Jonathan Franzen, which charts the depth of the Internet.
Metallica announcing a new album reveals old fissures remain – of the band, and the audience – and part two of their biography serves as a perfect microcosm of this.
What up, literary gangstas? This week our main homie navigates us through the world of individualism, in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.
What up, yo. Our main literary peep, Sparky Sweets returns to get real with Kurt Vonnegut’s irreverent anti-war joint, Slaughterhouse 5.
Small business, feelings, orcs?! One man goes where few have before, by publically reviewing his wife’s romance novel. Brave guy.
Abandon all hope ye who enter here, shawty. Dante’s Inferno is the quintessential trip down south. Pointing out the landmarks is our main man, Sparky Sweets.
Continuing on a theme, our main literary realist Sparky Sweets explains the subtleties of Harper Lee’s “other” book, Go Set a Watchman.
Lachlan R Dale slipped back into the harsh embrace of his 40-year-old beau, A Lover’s Discourse, to relearn the benefits and detriments of searing love.
Our main literary playa Sparky Sweets is here to drop some home made truth about Hemingway’s subtextual masterpiece, The Sun Also Rises.
What it do, playa? The earnest genius of Sparky Sweets PHd extracts the real meaning behind a book of shameful context, Nabokov’s “Lolita.”
What up, broletariats? For today’s lesson, we have Sparky Sweets PHd to explain George Orwell’s subtextual dig at socialism, Animal Farm.
Amateur theological scholar and expert waffler Paris Portingale neatly summarises the Bible and wonders why God didn’t think to secure the movie rights for Himself.
What up, nerds. Regular readers of TBS know we all about readin’ the classic shizzle, but for those not in the book ‘hood, we’ve found Thug Notes.
TBS chats to wordsmiths and amateur cricket hacks Messrs Higgins, Edwards and Perry, to explain their newly-released book, The Grade Cricketer.
Julie Szego looks into the interesting life of Frank Lowy, a man whose story and accomplishments certainly deserved a follow-up autobiography.
Metallica fan Timothy Cootes delves into their new biography, only to discover the pages are soaked in triumphant hubris. Sad but true…
We asked TBS Editor Mathew Mackie to tell us what books he’d save in a fire; but with the way he waffled on, he probably would have perished too!