Current Issue: Truth, Lies, & Fiction for a Post-Fact Age
In 2016 the Oxford English Dictionary named 'post-truth' the word of the year. Author Matthew d'Ancona makes the case that we are living in post-truth times. The short stories, poems, interviews, and art in this issue of the London Reader explore truth, lies, and the role of fiction in these post-truth times.
Our lives are based on the fictions we tell ourselves and each other. Every new friendship grows out of the characters we present and perceive; every social media status and photograph we upload narrates the way we see the world; and every politician has a story they want us to believe. How can we navigate the truths and lies of our lives in this post-truth era?
Whether they deal with the big political lies we hear on TV or the little personal lies we tell about ourselves or our sexuality, the subtle and thought-provoking stories in this issue of the London Reader explore our difficult relationship with the truth-how we bend, break, and mend it-and they offer a pleasant reprieve from the swirling pandemonium of lies of our increasingly digital lives. At a time when the news is called into question, fiction can help us rediscover the truth.
Truth, Lies, & Fiction for a Post-Fact Age features: new minifiction from Jeff Noon, author of Vurt; interviews with Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, and Matthew d'Ancona, author of Post-Truth; as well as stories, poetry, and art from AJ Berasaluce, Ruth Brandt, Rachel Bullock, Nicholas Gurewitch of Perry Bible Fellowship fame, Kat Hanula, Barbara E. Hunt, Wes Lee, Andrew Lloyd-Jones, Scott Stavrou, Laura Theis, Daniel Uncapher, Mike Wilson, and Christopher Woods. Whether from a timeless or decidedly 21st century perspective, all of the works in this volume pause to consider the role of truth and lies in our lives today.