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.

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.