Writing in Mid-Stream. Can You Escape the System?

The above is from contemporary Dutch artist Teun Hocks’ series titled Painted Photographs of a Man’s Mid-Life Crisis. There are a couple of posts from my old blog that pertain to this one, so I’m allowed to borrow a couple of them. Indeed, I’ve copied below the post that explains the waiting room that is … More Writing in Mid-Stream. Can You Escape the System?

The Gossips and Jonathan Franzen in the Mahau Sound.

The painting is called The Gossips, Bonchurch, by John Atkinson Grimshaw, put to canvas in 1880. I chiefly love how Grimshaw plays with the light, and the stark wintry exactitude of the trees. It’s more than gossip Pauline and I have finally berthed at our permanent – for now – resting place in the Mahau … More The Gossips and Jonathan Franzen in the Mahau Sound.

Heavy Weather…

If contemporary British painter, Sarah Spencer, could promise me that brooding, moody weather, I’d book our next holiday afar to Morston in Norfolk. I love that seascape. I spent two great years living in a bach at Banks Peninsula’s Birdlings Flat, (New Zealand), and its desolate loneliness was beautiful. Exquisite (even). Kaikoura’s own hermit, Pete, says … More Heavy Weather…

Me, Myself and Ferrante – The Self-Portrait.

Virginia Woolf said: “Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.“ Author Eula Biss, who completed her MFA in non-fiction, and begins her non-fiction pieces by first writing poetry, said: I think it’s a mistake to believe that any writer is not in her work. Think … More Me, Myself and Ferrante – The Self-Portrait.

Book Review: Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck. Of Place and Leavings.

I think there is an emotion tied to place called leaving. It’s one that has imprinted on my adult life: it’s gentle and nostalgic, bearing depths of signified meaning that change the everyday and the commonplace, with a touch of grief allowing the comfort in an ever-repeating pattern of ceremony that we atheists otherwise don’t … More Book Review: Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck. Of Place and Leavings.

Copyright and a Commons for Writers. A Novel Approach Applied Stupidly.

  I wrote a novel and in that novel I decided to attack copyright by breaking it.  You’ve no doubt spotted the problem, already.  It took me five years and 152,000 words to get to where you are in one sentence.  Think about that; because I certainly didn’t. In posting the fine arts paintings on … More Copyright and a Commons for Writers. A Novel Approach Applied Stupidly.

Book Review: *A little Life* by Hanya Yanagihara. [Let’s Deal with Individualism & Identity.]

Warning: this contains plot spoilers (although I don’t believe A Little Life is the sort of book that spoilers necessarily affect reading). Despite earlier writing I wouldn’t be reviewing this novel because it was too ugly, I’ve changed my mind. Although I intend to merely look at three aspects that interest me relating to – … More Book Review: *A little Life* by Hanya Yanagihara. [Let’s Deal with Individualism & Identity.]