This: Stoner

This: Stoner

An old friend recommended Stoner by John Williams to me and I’m glad of it. I really liked it. It is a beautifully observed, straightforward story. I would say that it is the ordinary tragedy of an ordinary man. I think that is what is so heart-breaking — the scale. If it had been about […]

Goodness: Paper Works by Gingko Press

Goodness: Paper Works by Gingko Press

I leafed through a copy of this in Berlin and would really recommend it for fans and practitioners of paper arts. Beautifully curated and a lovely tactile tome; it not only showcases the familiar faces of the paper-cutting world but also those who are really pushing the form. I found it totally inspiring. Find it […]

These Things

I have been missing blogging about things other than my work and so I thought I’d make a weekly slot to share some other bits and bobs and perhaps even, some thoughts. Imagine that. Marvel at: Helen Stratton (1867 – 1961). I’m sure that like me, you will have seen these images before sometime, somewhere. […]

Well Now….

I just thought I would share a couple of things I have enjoyed recently: 1. Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything. These days I have a thrice weekly commute. It’s not massive but it is deserving of an audiobook. I got this on a whim at my local library and I love it! […]

The Susurrations of Murmurations

I’m nearing the end of The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein (fact: his middle names are in honour of his piratical uncles) and I am enamoured by the way that birds have become part of the climactic drama– listening, flocking and acting as messengers and heralds: Very great indeed was the commotion among all […]

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  Poor Ivan, what a day. I can’t help but compare this book to The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz which is about an escape from a Gulag. Perhaps it is a Russian thing (?) but both books are powerful for the same reason; their understated, quiet, […]

Some Beautifuls:

1. Slow-time Pen-Friendship. I sent my friend a real letter with some real drawings and some real poetry snippets and she sent me back a real letter, with real drawings and real, embroidered leaves. When I got her letter, it made me beam from the inside out. 2. The God of Small Things by Arundhati […]

Super Old Chick-Lit?

{Part of the 200 Books Project} I wonder how Austen’s work would be perceived or categorised if she were a writer now? I have just finished Persuasion. I liked it well enough but not in a particularly deep way — it’s a fun romp featuring a few characters and a sea of caricatures. I can […]

The Wild of Words: Day 67/100

GLORY be to God for dappled things— For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who […]

The Wild of Words: Day 60/100

A body was sailing out into the middle of the air. He was gone. He’d done it. Some blessed themselves. Closed their eyes. Waited for the thump. The body twirled and caught and flipped, thrown around by the wind. Then a shout sounded across the watchers, a woman’s voice: God, oh God, it’s a shirt, […]