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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in October 2010


Half-term here and York is oozing with tourists. I was leaning against a wall waiting for my lift. A friend had already passed and commented that it looked like I was waiting for trade. Next there’s two women and their kids and they’re standing ten fifteen meters away squabbling about direction. The elder one tells […]

Pie in the Sky

The Comprehensive Spending Review is Coming Here:

Knut Hamsun’s Pan Revisited

When he was ninety, Hamsun was detained for three months in a psychiatric hospital in Oslo. When one of the doctors asked him to analyse himself, he replied thus: ‘I have not analysed myself in any other way than by creating in my books hundreds of characters – each one spun out of myself – […]

Romeo and Juliet

Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man. Mercutio. In the original story, the lovers’ affair lasted for several months. But Shakespeare compressed the plot into a period of less than four days. The action opens on Sunday morning and ends at dawn on the following Thursday. Everything happens in a […]