Confessions of a Macho Reader

      Hi, I’m Justin Fenech, I’m a writer, a reader, and I don’t read female novelists. Not much, anyway. And not deliberately. As a literary thought experiment let me just chimney-sweep an impromptu list of my favourite authors: Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Conrad, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saul Bellow, Milan Kundera, Philip Roth, Graham Greene,…

Episode 75: Be Just Like Him

Originally posted on No Extra Words:
No one knows life in the ring like “The Undercard.” By David Whippman, copyright 2000, used with permission. Read David’s bio. “First a Woman Then a Man” is a fictional story about the real-life Guevedoce of the Dominican Republic. By Justin Fenech, copyright 2016, used with permission.Visit Justin’s website…

Meet Episode 75 Contributor Justin Fenech

Originally posted on No Extra Words:
Justin Fenech is an author from the Mediterranean island of Malta. He is the author of the novel Too Many Sparrows In Zaragoza and several short stories published in local and international reviews. He is also a travel writer and tour guide whose literature is inspired by the lows…

Zorba The Perfect Novel

Originally posted on The Champagne Epicurean:
One of literary history’s most under-appreciated work of art, written by a Greek nomad who couldn’t get farther away from Greece if he had emigrated to Saturn. Nikos Kazantzakis was a Nietzschean, a Buddhist, an adventurer, writer of the beautifully profane The Last Temptation of Christ. In Zorba the…

Hardcore Writers no. 3 Ways of Escape – Graham Greene

    During his period as journalist Graham Greene did some work writing film reviews. Here is what he had to say about one of Shirley Temple’s early, childhood films: “ Her admirers — middle aged men and clergymen — respond to her dubious coquetry, to the sight of her well-shaped and desirable little body, packed…

To This Sweet Land – A Brief History of Malta

  When my grandmother got married in the 1950’s she got married in the local church and then the wedding party preceded to her mother’s home for the reception. The food was prepared by her father, who was a cook with the Royal Navy, with the help of his daughters. At the house for the…

Third-World, First Rate

  For centuries now the Western world has held a monopoly on literature. Think of the literary greats and your mind rushes to Londoners, Americans, Frenchmen, Russians. This happens even if you are the most open-minded of people. And in a way it is only fair: the novel is a European invention. It gestated in…

Reading In Transit: What to Read When Travelling

    As another trip looms in the near future, back to sunny England and heatwave Madrid, I begin the arduous, torturous, mind-numbingly long process of deciding what book to take with me on this 10-day trip. I feel like a chef deciding what restaurant to eat in or some whore-junkie mulling over the inevitable…

Hardcore Writers no. 2 Joan Salvat-Papasseit

                                               Catalan Futurist: Joan Salvat-Papasseit     Politics and literature often go hand in hand. This isn’t something to be ashamed of. That is, so long as the art is the preliminary, gut-desire…

Odes to Bookshops

Ode to Shakespeare and Co.   The crests of living erect a temple; Like Bolivar’s conquests or the Credo in Unum Deum. Their silent latitudes leave behind no fair-weathered construction Only a sweetness that fills the air like an undiscovered river. Only on the rarest, most gilded occasions, Does life offer us a temple both…