Review: Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

With the publication of this and Helen MacDonald’s H is for Hawk, it would appear that not only the raven resonates with death and grieving. Black crows symbolise insights of the future and the Welsh goddess of war and death, Morrigan, and is perhaps an appropriate inclusion in Grief is the Thing with Feathers. This is editor, Max Porter’s first book, which has certainly blown the reading audience away with his unusual poetic short story, partly narrated by a extraordinarily meta-fictional crow.

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Review: Wabi – Sabi by Francesc Miralles

Wabi-sabi represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view solely focussed on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence specifically impermanence, suffering and the absence of self-nature.

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