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.

Of Dogs As Family | Art, Values & Rules | Film Review: Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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)

Sheafferuede

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