I say not contempt but blindness. Sometimes I make fun of things a little too close for comfort: being a teenager, the young professional lifestyle, following trends, etc. This is as much an attack on the tendencies I don’t like in myself as on the mindset of other people. And it is a certain mindset I don’t like, not the act itself of using a … Continue reading What does familiarity breed?
By popular acclaim I thought I’d share some additional wisdom and frustrations from my teenage self. School I decided to bite the bullet and ask Mr X to give me back some of the essays I had printed off and given him weeks and weeks ago. Certainly a while before half term and possibly even before Christmas. So he rifled around in his big teacher’s … Continue reading New improved LOLs from my teenage diaries
If you’ve ever used any of the below, you’re doing it wrong: The claim to possession Yours, Bob Comment: If I may just refer to the prohibition of slavery, it’s a well-established fact that no one person belongs to another. The false claim to truth Yours sincerely, Bob Comment: You’re not mine, which means you’re not being sincere. What a proliferation of lies is contained … Continue reading 10 worst signoffs to avoid like the plague
Here are the life lessons I’ve extracted from five favourite classics. Beware of spoilers. You’re very much welcome. North and South Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Plot: Country girl Margaret forced to move to industrial city after her dissident father leaves the church. Encounters poverty and crosses swords with mill owner Mr Thornton. Three bereavements, a strike and an unexpected inheritance later, it’s second time lucky for … Continue reading 23 Life Lessons from the Classics
Read part 1 here. In my previous post I talked about how desire motivates our actions and decision-making. It is also clear that the same structures of desire that we see build up and resolve, or defer and frustrate, in our everyday lives, also recur in the structures of the art we make. Desire and fulfilment can only operate in time, and so it is … Continue reading Structures of Desire (Part 2)
Pray indulge a little introspection today. There have been times in my life when I have felt irresistibly drawn to sitting down, opening a book, taking the lid off my pen, and writing something. Most times, I get as far as finishing my cup of tea, the pen nib long dry, before admitting defeat. What am I going to write about? I’m aware of stating … Continue reading Why write?