Desert Island Books

  A brief aside for a moment of reflection. Last night, I went to Sliema, and although life was buzzing, it wasn’t quite the same as a usual summer night. Coronavirus is hitting the peak of a second wave here in Malta. Soon, these bars will be obstacle courses yet again, life will be sapped…

The Romantic in the Age of Enlightenment

  The Romantic, that great 18th century, European invention, was born out of a guttural distaste for Enlightenment notions of science and rationalism. Romanticism was a disavowal of the modern world and its underlying values in favour of a nostalgic return to a naturalistic, beauteous past. An artistic revolt against the Industrial Revolution and its…

Why I Love Japanese Literature

  Literature, just as porn, is a reflection of a nation’s identity. Whilst porn reflects a certain truthful stereotype – the harsh, blonde German woman, the sultry French girl, the busty, flashy American, big-assed Brazilian, etc – literature reflects a more profound way a nation sees the world. In France, the literature is philosophical, erotic…

Sevilla and a Nobel Betrayed

  How more like a clear blue sky emerging from the cracks of dawn the Moorish Alcazar appeared in comparison to the dark night of the cathedral. The cathedral of Sevilla – you’re often reminded it is one of the biggest in the world – is politics. Faith is enslaved to the earthly ambitions of…

A Review of The Unbearable Lightness of Being

This is a sexy book. There is no better adjective to describe it. The Unbearable Lightness of Being makes you want to do something kinky. In a sense, this is one of the most European novels you’re likely to read. Milan Kundera is a Czech novelist who’s been living in France for the last few…

My Kind of Vegetarian

   You should never read books by title alone. A book should not be judged by its title. I could truly appreciate the poignancy of those platitudes after reading The Vegetarian by Han Kang. I had heard a lot of good things about the book. It had won the 2016 Booker Prize and was quickly…

7 Stories, 7 Cities

“What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters.”  Charles Baudelaire   Cities are sexy. They are man’s self-appointed eco-system. They overflow with life and no matter how much we complain about uneasy development and crane-clogged skylines, we have…

How Writing is a Journey

      Writing is about writers and readers going on a journey together. The journey is beautiful in and of itself. And there might not be an end. But what’s important is the reason why we’re journeying together. We’re on a journey to unravel our own individual purpose in life. Literature has replaced religion….

7 Bands that Inspired My Literature

My Japanese phase is still going strong. Since approximately May this year all I’ve read is Japanese novels. And I mean all I’ve read. It’s good to know that even after over a decade of being a writer I can still fall in love with a new piece of literature. As one would expect, my…

7 Reasons Why Writing is Art

  Why is writing an art form? It’s an intimate question that has permeated many of our subconscious thoughts. Unlike other art forms, people who are not authors or poets, frequently find themselves needing to write in their daily lives. We write emails, letters, cards, notes, assignments – the list goes on. We seldom find…