“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” – Ocean Vuong’s quiet masterpiece that redefines the boundaries of storytelling

I am coming to this review with only one night’s sleep separating me from the moment that I turned the final page of Ocean Vuong’s masterpiece, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. I am urgently aware that in order to do the book any kind of justice, I must be writing fresh off my return fromContinue reading ““On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” – Ocean Vuong’s quiet masterpiece that redefines the boundaries of storytelling”

“Ice” by Anna Kavan – a disorientating study of patriarchal dominance

Content warnings – mentions of sexual abuse, sex, addiction and mental illness ‘Ice’ (1967) by Anna Kavan is a fever dream of a novel that seems to defy genre and categorisation. In some ways a post-nuclear dystopian tale, in others a brutal critique of patriarchal power; this slim volume of surrealism left me pondering overContinue reading ““Ice” by Anna Kavan – a disorientating study of patriarchal dominance”

Sayonara 2020

On the final day of 2020, I am sitting in bed with a matcha mojito in one hand and a slice of fruitcake in the other as David Bowie mournfully sings ‘Lady Grinning Soul’ from my record player. With each sip and each bite I am trying to taste something, a note of mint orContinue reading “Sayonara 2020”

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Maya Elphick

nineteen year old creative and activist from Norfolk, UK

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