I promised, posts ago, a lighter post, and work deadlines are ‘stressed’ at the moment, so, some outdoor aesthetics that make a life lived better. This is impressionist painter, and flowery braggart, Oscar-Claude Monet’s (1840-1926) painting of his garden with his family in it: This is a painting by Mr. Monet of his water lily … More Gardening Art | Art of Gardening.
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.
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.
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.
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.]
This sentence is thirteen words too many reviewing Olympus Has Fallen. It’s awful. If I posted that on social media there would be a flame war over if that sentence is thirteen words or fourteen because it’s is two words: it is. Or is it? People would fall out over that irrelevant detail. The movie … More Of Dogs As Family | Art, Values & Rules | Film Review: Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Next month my fountain pen is 34 years old. I’ve worn all the black paint down to the brass where it’s held in my hand, and because I’m jealously possessive of it, the only hand that’s held it is mine. The brass showing through is not a consistent, unbroken surface, but has a lovely shiny … More Sheafferuede
J. Breslin’s Central Park, 1934 ( from Twitter timeline of @albert_cunill ) Painted before the world was lost to the insanity of WWII, although Europe was sadly moving down the road into that nightmare, I love this painting because of its modernity. The clean cut style is one that appeals to me (I like the … More Today’s Favourite Painting
It begins. I’ve left my old blog up as an artefact, and don’t intend adding to it. That blog covers politics, economics, and philosophy, and represents my position on that holy triumvirate (life), but – for now – I’ve had a gutsful of (just) them; especially the politics. This blog will be an occasional diary … More Today’s Favourite Painting