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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in September 2010

Writer’s Notebook

Before Blogger’s Block kicked in, way back when I was a regular contributor to this blog, I wrote an occasional column with extracts from my notebook. Here’s a couple of entries from the day before yesterday. At the gym, the guy sitting next to me beside the pool stared for a good while at my […]


I believe I can read something of the minds of those about me; perhaps it is not so. Oh, on my good days I feel as though I can gaze deep into the minds of others, even though I am not particularly clever in other ways. We sit in a room, a few men, a […]

Abandoning Anne Bronte

I was reading Anne Bronte’s Agnes Grey for the first time when I came across this sentence on page 38. I returned, however, with unabated vigour to my work – a more arduous task than anyone can imagine, who has not felt something like the misery of being charged with the care and direction of […]

Interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange, who released the video of a U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad that left two journalists dead, speaks about the work of his organization and its continuing efforts to expose the secrets of the world’s most powerful governments and institutions:

Life and Times of Michael K

”How many people are there left who are neither locked up nor standing guard at the gate?” JM Coetzee’s honest, compelling and brave novel reminded me of Knut Hamsun’s Hunger, and it reminded me of Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. The writing has the same kind of quality of these other […]