I'm reading Peter Carey's His illegal self; the back cover blurb put me in mind of Bliss, my favourite of his novels. I have been mightily impressed (again) with his transitions: slick, poetic, expedient. Look at this one, paragraph 3 of chapter one, it follows 2 paragraphs of context and background on the boy (who is one … Continue reading A lovely writer
Extracts from an essay Let me pose a simple yet stubborn question of what you need to imagine are your last days. Suppose that Death — which nearly had you — has let go for a time; a remission which gives you, let's say, a week's grace. Maybe two. You are spry and full of … Continue reading A deep sense of place
Forgive the abridged theft from Monty Python... Lazy titling while on a mobile phone to blame. I've just read an interesting and affirmative piece in the New Yorker, entitled Citizen Khan, which prompted this response from me. "As a non-American I took much from this story; it reminded me of what has always been the great … Continue reading And now for something… different
Finished first full draft of Trafficville- dystopian cyberpunk fiction re gaming, social media and so on; it is 24,600 words, give or take. Probably merde - I'll follow Mr. Hemingway's advice and let it sit in my cyber kitchen drawer for a couple of weeks before I have another look. The final chapter reads: Chapter … Continue reading Trafficville – full draft written; time to let it sit
We all whirled into the space within his eye's iris... And we're all playing.
'a take on virtual realities, social media, gaming, cyber-wandering and war, among other things...'
Some random thoughts from my Facebook page I'm finding (re the Holympics) the unashamed jingoism & nationalistic prattle, the reporting on tedious trivia, and various rejoicing over conspicuous consumption (the US basketball team ensconced on a luxury liner comes to mind) more than a little irritating. .. whatever happened to sport for sport's sake? Suspect … Continue reading Just a wee bit on the Olympics juggernaut
How do we solve the problems caused by industrial capitalism and its corollaries? What alternatives exist? Historically, solutions to the excesses that industrial capitalism cannot help but be tempted into (environmental degradation, resource overuse, and labour exploitation) have been attempted: Marx and Engels, with their visions of communism’s overthrow of capitalism, interventions by government to … Continue reading Why Industrial Capitalism should have died circa 2008.
In the light of Harper Lee's 1960 novel and the soon to be released new book (gasp - another cultural icon breaking the mould) by the author here is an interesting article... http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/whats-changed-what-hasnt-in-town-inspired-to-kill-a-mockingbird-180955741/?no-ist
First; apologies for the hefty title to this post. Couldn't think of anything catchy that accomplished what I wanted the heading to accomplish. And , ahead of time, I'll apologise yet again for what will seem like an ad', but HelpNDoc is an efficient and free (with banners) e pub file generating program. And, after using … Continue reading The joys of finding what I think will be a good ePub file generator