Only lovers left


Danielle McLaughlin in the Irish Times, ‘The stories that writers love’:

It was Claire-Louise Bennett’s essay, I am Love, in gorse magazine, that led me to read By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept. The novella, by Elizabeth Smart, is intense, unsettling and fierce; it’s not a story of a sweet and gentle love, more about love of the obsessive, all-consuming, obliterating kind. “IT is coming. The magnet of its imminent finger draws each hair of my body, the shudder of its approach disintegrates kisses, loses wishes on the disjointed air. The wet hands of the castor-tree at night brush me and I shriek, thinking that at last I am caught up with.’

As it is Valentines, and as the essay is in the now sold out gorse no. 2, we are sharing Claire-Louise Bennett’s essay online for one week only. You can read it here. Enjoy.