Forgetting and forgetfulness

Forgetting and forgetfulness

I like this questioning of cause versus effect in the writing – and reading – of novels.  Does writing and reading them compel us to remember, or is it our inability to forget which compels us to read and write them? Some novels allow us to forget...
Basilicata bibliomotocarro

Basilicata bibliomotocarro

Antonio La Cava, a retired school teacher, converted a quintessential Italian vehicle, the three-wheeler micro-van, into a travelling library.For 20 years he’s been visiting remote villages and hamlets in his home province of Basilicata to bring books –...
Reading as travel

Reading as travel

The Rat is a street-savvy kid in a barely known children’s book by the author of the infinitely famous The Secret Garden. I enjoyed the book and The Rat is one of the most endearing characters. He teams up with the noble-born lost prince to go and reclaim a...
Intimate and familiar

Intimate and familiar

A striking idea, that in being true, a book will feel intimate and familiar to all men.  ‘True’ surely means authentic rather than fact-based. Some books feel intimate and familiar to some people, not all, and there is value in that too. It is probably...
Hopelessly insane: Homer fans

Hopelessly insane: Homer fans

Here Christopher Logue highlights the sheer vital durability of Homer and the magnitude of such sustainability, kept alive through a hard core of ‘Unprofessional Ancient Greek Readers’. I don’t know if I qualify, since the UAGR could refer only to...
The Saturday of Libraries

The Saturday of Libraries

When we moved to the town of Nyon, I joined the municipal library. The building itself is worth writing about – great thick walls, windows widened with painted wooden shutters, flowers on the sills and in stone pots; a child’s dream of a library, though in...
Feeding & reading: nuts vs apples

Feeding & reading: nuts vs apples

Thoreau’s observation on the pitfalls of eating nuts.  However, the upside, as far as I gather, is that nuts are packed with brain-food. ‘It is quite too absorbing; you can’t read at the same time, as when you are eating an apple.’ Source:...
Two years and counting!

Two years and counting!

WritingRedux was launched in 2016 on the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth which happens to be Saint Jordi’s Day in Spain, something like Valentine’s day, celebrated with gifts of books and roses. That makes us two years old today, so a chance to...
Beach books

Beach books

We recently enjoyed a month’s holiday – the longest we’ve ever had – to celebrate Luiz’s retirement.  One of the happiest elements in packing for a trip is messing about choosing which books to take.  Here’s the pile I took and read...
Letters opening up like doors

Letters opening up like doors

What a wonderful description of words and letters opening up to let meaning emerge in brightness and fire. How much prose has such compelling clarity of meaning? Let’s add this to our writing KPIs (key performance ink-dicators). This is from a splendid novel by...
From tapers to tinder

From tapers to tinder

I loved this description of a young boy going to all lengths to be able to read as much as he wants.  I remember being conscious of a few specific books as a small child, and ‘reading’ them long before I knew how to read.  Some were children’s books...
On the Elizabethans and book learning

On the Elizabethans and book learning

I have no idea if this is a fair appraisal of the Elizabethan stance on book learning, but I have an impression of a robust, exuberant, poetic spirit, capable of savouring sweetness even when regularly confronted with brutality. My impression itself may be overly...
An ocean bed of learning

An ocean bed of learning

These two intellectuals find common ground in more than the fact of loving the same woman. Despite this rivalry, they jointly haul up treasure chests of buried culture from the depths and vastnesses of their minds. For a metaphor based on ocean beds, see also:...

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