Alex Laffer

Alex Laffer is a writer, editor and researcher. He’s just finished his PhD, which involved listening to hours and hours of people talking about books; all things considered, not a bad way to pass the time. Born in Britain of Australian and Vietnamese descent, he’s interested in the negotiation of identity and empathy in literature. His reading habits jump from science fiction to natural history and most things in between, but he’s particularly fond of Japanese literature, the work of Salman Rushdie and books that do fun things with form. Alongside the day job, he’s currently trying to organise a poetry night in South London and write fairy tales for his nieces and nephew. He doesn’t like camping. Twitter: @exlaffer

Can Books Do Visual Art Justice?

Can literature and poetry actually describe paintings and other forms of art well?

Celebrating Pride and Queer Lit with HIDE

On the importance of LGBTQ representation, complex queer relationships in fiction, and the novel HIDE by Matthew Griffin.

Judging a Person By Their Books

Let's stop making snap judgments about people based on their bookshelves.

Help! I Need the Perfect Literary Wedding Reading

A groom-to-be puts out a call for suggestions for literary readings for his wedding.

Books to Inspire Hope, Thought, and Action in Troubled Times

Recommendations for books that inspire compassion and action in our political climate.

The British Library: My Favorite London Literary Haunt

In London? Make sure you visit the British Library!

Can’t wait for Murakami’s Killing Commendatore? Try Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

What to read while you're waiting for the next Haruki Murakami book. Spoiler: it's another Murakami title.

In Memory of Terry Pratchett: Author and Wearer of Excellent Hats

In loving memory of Terry Pratchett.

Representing Me: Seeing Yourself on The Page

One reader on seeing himself -- a Vietnamese Australian born and raised in the UK -- in books.

Three Cheers to the Bookshop Bar!

One reader on his dream to open a bookshop bar (with nods to his favorite spots)!

Great Books That Aren’t Books: Storytelling in Games

The power of good storytelling in games.

Books to Read If You Loved ARRIVAL or Great Science Fiction Books on Language

Books for readers who loved ARRIVAL and those who love great language in science fiction.

The Best Comics We Read in December

What were the best comics Rioters read in December? Here's the list!

NOT NOW, BERNARD: A Children’s Book of Existential Dread

On the existential dread one Rioter felt upon rereading a childhood favorite.

Why You Should Do Your Holiday Shopping at Used Book Stores

Why used book stores and thrift stores are an excellent place for holiday presents!