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“Orchestrated acts of disassociation and fracture” – on Phillip O’Neil’s MENTAL SHRAPNEL

Richard Makin (author of Mourning) takes a close look at Phillip O’Neil’s Mental Shrapnel. Cross-section slice through psyche, a channelling via orchestrated acts of disassociation and fracture — Mental Shrapnel is divine comedy too, as the text dredges memory and forgetting (and everything that doesn’t cover) — a desperate hilarity amid the chaos and dark matter, conjuring … Continue reading

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“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?…we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us” // Franz Kafka, letter to Oskar Pollack, 27 January 1904
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