Thanks Janna, for your book review. I too have been exposed to Hayden’s concepts, have yet to read his book cover to cover, but his breakdown (as well as ways of apology) certain give fodder for thought.

I’ve recently picked up a back issue of a favoured literary journal: Granta. It’s a quarterly magazine of new writing, filled with honed, precise, oftentimes understated short story pieces, plus a photograph spread. Each issue is thematic, and I’m reading #95 “Loved Ones”. A rather apt topic considering my nostalgic mood these days. In Granta, I have found some of the most profound, digestible, and lucid morsels of writing ever.

Little known fact: despite my love for this journal, I have been rather stingy towards my writer self, and never picked up a subscription to it. Oh a subscription would make me very happy, but why is it that I don’t allow myself this small luxury? For less than thirty quid, I could get 4 home delivered issues per year. And yet, I do not indulge.

So a question I’ll throw out there to my fellow 30 Voices contributors is:

What personal luxury do you allow (or not allow) for yourself, and why?

Erica, 34, London UK

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