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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in December 2008

Out Stealing Timber VIII

When Thea returned from watering the fjordling, Kristian Olsen was still at the feet of her mother, Solveig. He had plucked a long straw from the dry grass and was sucking on it, sitting with his spine against the house and gazing up at the sky, seeming to hang on every word coming from the old woman’s lips, though she was only talking, as always, about the old days.

Harold’s Planet

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Presque vu LXXV

Dozens of new rules have already been introduced which critics say will diminish worker safety, pollute the environment, promote gun use and curtail abortion rights. Many rules promote the interests of large industries, such as coal mining or energy, which have energetically supported Bush during his two terms as president. More are expected this week.

Night on Bald Mountain

Expressionism in Film.
“We have worlds to conquer here,” said Walt Disney during the making of Fantasia.
Set to Modest Mussorgsky’s St John’s Night on the Bare Mountain, a tone poem themed around a witches’ sabbath, these frames from Disney’s Fantasia (1940) should make you want to run out and find a copy of the film:

The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro

Because her writing style somehow, impossibly, apes the world in which our thoughts and impressions perform their acrobatics. The quiescent mind wanders imaginatively, and Munro’s stories do the same thing. It’s not that they are about experiences unknown, just the opposite. They are about everyday people in everyday situations, but she uses language to stir at their surfaces until all that has been hidden comes rushing to the surface.