Clarice Lispector | Paris Review | 1st August 2022
For years, the editors of Jornal do Brasil allowed novelist Clarice Lispector to write weekly about any subject she chose. The result was a genre-less series that hovered between commentary and stream of consciousness. Her frankness is piercing: "I was so happy that I huddled fearfully in one corner of the taxi because happiness hurts too. And all because I had seen a handsome man" (2,197 words)
Brie Langley | Guardian | 29th July 2022
This giant cycad was brought to the UK in 1775 and resides in the Palm House at Kew Gardens. As the horticulturalist in charge explains, he is definitely a he, a "grumpy grandfather" who wants to be left in peace to grow. There is a philosophy of life here to absorb: "Plants will decide whether or not they want to grow. And there’s nothing we can do about it. We just have to get over it" (838 words)
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