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Posts added in April 2007

The South by Colm Tóibín – a review

The South was Colm Tóibín‘s first novel, published in 1990. Katherine Proctor, an Irish protestant, arrives in Barcelona in the 1950s having abandoned her husband and ten-year-old son. She discovers the city and meets local artists. Franco’s dictatorship and the still recent civil war haunts the immediate past of those around her. She meets the […]

The benefits of blogging

Over at Arcane Code there is a list of six fairly obvious benefits to blogging: Meet and Greet, Self Documenting, Self Promotion, Mentoring, Education and Giving Back. These are all briefly elaborated and worth a few minutes of your time. Like most folks I have an exaggerated sense of self importance. Blogging just reinforces my […]

Another interview

Mr Joe Blog’s Blog has an interview with yours truly. A little tongue-in-cheek maybe. Maybe not.

The Lives of others (Das Leben der Anderen) – a film review

In the mid 1980s Captain Gert Wiesler (Ulrich Muehe), a surveillance specialist and interrogation expert who works for the Ministry for State Security (Stasi), takes on the job of watching poet and playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) and his girlfriend, the actress Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck). The surveillance is undertaken at the behest of Minister […]

The Novel and the Internet and an Old Trout

Penelope Farmer, a novelist of some repute, found there was still a demand for her work – via her blog. The book I’d been writing, like its predecessor, was turned down – that this happens frequently these days to writers of my generation was no comfort at all. I felt too discouraged to start another. […]