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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in June 2006

Subversive Vanity Fair

In an article in The Independent an example of the British Government’s draconian stance on political protest was aired. Thirty-six year old Steven Jago, a management accountant, was charged under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act. Mr Jago carried a placard in Whitehall bearing the George Orwell quote: In a time of universal deceit, […]

Learning to Write IV

Started the day by surfing a little. It wasn’t a conscious decision, just something I slipped into. I set off in one direction, really intent on being productive but got waylaid by the scenery and let all ambition evaporate. I came back with this:   If you think you’re boring your audience, go slower not […]

Modernism XIII

Pirandello’s assault on naturalism led to the discovery that the imitation of reality is not immediately distinguishable from the imitation of an imitation. He was fascinated by the interpenetration of appearance and reality, of face and mask. And he proclaimed the paradox that man is only able truly to be himself when wearing a mask […]

Out-takes IX

‘The Porsche and the peacock tail are exactly the same thing. They are both in their different ways, expensive, costly. They’re handicaps; and they have to be or they wouldn’t be reliable indicators of the fitness of a potential mate. ‘The tail and the Porsche are both useless in terms of survival, but their uselessness […]

Outer Life; Inner Life

Everyone tells us about the outer life. The media, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, even bloggers. The government and its retinue of propagandists are forever telling us how much better the outer life is since they got the power and how much worse it’s going to get once the other guy gets the power. They tell […]