Philosophy vendors and conscious cadavers: a review of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s ‘Memories of the Future’

Russian writer Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (try saying that out loud) is one of those artists who find recognition post-mortem—after death. He literally did not live long enough to see his collection of short fiction Memories of the Future (Editions Verdier, 2006) see print and get appreciated by readers of speculative fiction. Speculative fiction encompasses written works that highlight…

When clean toilets grant happiness

In the book The Geography of Bliss, journalist Eric Weiner heavily implies that one of the reasons Switzerland is one of the happiest places in the world is that it has clean public toilets. Everywhere you go, from the restaurants to the train stations, you will find that the comfort rooms are so clean that you…