Quick, Hide the Matches – it’s Nikolai Gogol’s Birthday!

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I stumbled across Nikolai Gogol’s work after reading ‘The Namesake‘ by Jhumpa Lahiri. I’d never heard of this Russian author whom the novel’s protagonist Gogol Ganguli had been named after. Intrigued, I sought… Continue reading

The urge to punch Proust…

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…is a strong one. I am on the second volume of In Search Of Lost Time, and I find it very hard to separate Proust’s narrator with Proust himself. This feels like an… Continue reading

A Child’s Guide to Underage Driving, Poaching and Getting away with it

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Roald Dahl’s ‘Danny, The Champion of the World‘ was a revelation to me as a child. I read it over and over, and delighted in Danny’s caravan living, his ability and nerve to… Continue reading

I’d have sponsored Dante.

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At my job there’s always someone emailing a link to a fundraising page to all network users, or waving a paper sponsor sheet. If Dante had come in one morning and peered around… Continue reading

PolyReading : The Verdict

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It’s been a month since I threw caution and sense out of the library window and embraced polyreading. My plan was to read Dickens’ ‘David Copperfield’, Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’; Herman Melville’s ‘Moby-Dick’; Flora… Continue reading

The broken windows of their souls

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I wonder about Huxley, Joyce and Milton. How they coped with their terrible malfunctioning eyes. From what I have read of Milton and Huxley, not a lot of it is visual. They are… Continue reading

Pilgrim’s Progress

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The use of time-travel in ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ is just one of many devices employed by Kurt Vonnegut to prevent his readers getting too comfortable with his tale of war. After the initial reaction, it’s… Continue reading

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart – William Wordsworth

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I have a ridiculous amount of notebooks. It’s probably due to a cross between a paper purchasing addiction and an irrational fear of not being able to write something down. I write in… Continue reading

How Football saved Camus from Bohemian Rhapsody

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I’m extremely intolerant to certain music. Some songs irritate me so much I have to leave the room if they come on. Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘El Condor Pasa’; Elton John’s ‘Circle of Life’;… Continue reading

A (reading) Room of One’s Own.

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The film ‘Adaptation’ is about writing a screen adaptation of a book, so a screenplay within a screenplay. Charlie Kaufman (played by Nicolas Cage) places himself into the action. Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room… Continue reading