Welcome to Panorama: The Journal of Travel, Place, and Nature’s SPACE issue. From the very small to the enormity of our imaginations, essays grow from the furtive earth-bed of mushroom forests to the stars. Granville Carroll’s afro-futuristic cover artwork “Becoming” places us in space. John Angerson provides the obligatory rocket-propelled photos. Matilde Gattoni reminds us that one’s freedom to explore space can suddenly be taken away. The connection with space doesn’t stop there. Melissa Tuckman’s aptly titled poem “Space Junk” connects space debris to modern living. A new section on New Nature Writing probes the world beyond our urban confines. In the second outing for Decolonising Travel, there are excruciating, painful stories, sexual imaginings in the steam room, and personal reflections on historical ties to oppression; all whilst giving writers who have come through VONA/Faith Adiele’s writing programme space to share their work. We finish the issue with a stroll through London — the most ethnically diverse world capital — through the lens of Books Editor Nicolas D. Sampson.
In the 594 pages of The Shards, the enfant terrible Bret Easton Ellis inhabits an excessive amount of space to recount a ‘fusion of fact and fiction’ of his teenage life. There is an obsessive attention to detail and a habitual repetition which is characteristic in Ellis’ writing. Even though Less than Zero (1985) and Joan Didion’s work are often quoted and referenced in The Shards, his latest novel is a natural continuation of The Rules of Attraction (1987).