Annie Dillard

Another piece rescued from oblivion, originally posted on March 12th, 2011 “In blogging, less is more. Discuss.” That could have been an essay topic in the days of my youth, had blogging then been a word. An old friend who used to post as Rob. and later Bob, did it for the interaction rather than… Continue reading Annie Dillard

Rewiring, continued

Retirement is not a thing that you can illustrate in a short narrative. What strikes you at first is the novelty, the new-found freedom. At a later stage you might look back nostalgically: to have lost touch with colleagues, to find a gap in your life where team spirit used to flourish. And so on.… Continue reading Rewiring, continued

The Book of Margery Kempe

Margery Kempe was a bloody-minded woman, living in a time when England was still Catholic. Bishops, priests and friars held worldly and spiritual power. bloody-minded: Chiefly Brit. Perverse, contrary; cantankerous; stubbornly intransigent or obstructive. Cf. bloody adj. OED She came from the provinces, had no education and bore 14 children to a husband socially beneath… Continue reading The Book of Margery Kempe

English literature’s first terrorist

From the Introduction to John Carey's new book: Honour and empire, with revenge enlarged, By conquering this new world, compels me now To do what else though damned I should abhor. (Paradise Lost, Book 4:  390-92) “This is a terrorist’s logic, and the Satan of Paradise Lost is English literature’s first terrorist. Terrorism—the destruction of… Continue reading English literature’s first terrorist

The Book of Disquiet

Apology to the reader: as this stands it doesn't count as a review. I hope to revisit and append some personal reactions to this wonderful book. Places 2007/themanLisbon.jpg          Photo: Anon.  Click for source From ‘A Factless Biography’ fragment 451, in Richard Zenith’s translation of The Book of Disquiet, by Fernando Pessoa. (Dedicated to Joe, at a crossroads)… Continue reading The Book of Disquiet