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

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!

Reading Locally When You Travel

Doing some holiday traveling? Visit local bookstores and read books about the area!

2 Big Comics with Big Ideas

Want to lose yourself in a comic? Check out these two huge comics that deal with love, loss, and the other big things that make up our lives.

Happy Birthday, Dylan Thomas!

A reader reflects on the life and work of Dylan Thomas, and his own visit to South Wales.

My Favourite Books About Animals

One Rioter on their favorite books about animals.

Being “Human” in Science Fiction

Sci-fi novels that explore the nature of what it means to be human