A thousand days young

A thousand days young

Of course, it’s just a number, but a nice round one that adds another digit to the days since WritingRedux was launched. A chance to thank readers and subscribers who continue to visit in steadily growing numbers. Please feel free to send any comments or ideas,...
Frank impiety

Frank impiety

An incisive summary of the effect of Irish writers on English literature; I liked the English-rose-pruning metaphor and the ‘frank impiety’ of their robust influence. See Borges also on the illusion of definitive texts. ‘(Irish writers) … made deep...
Religion or weariness

Religion or weariness

I liked this sharp reminder that literature is always work-in-progress, particularly in translation. While I have used the term ‘definitive’ for some translations, it inevitably implies the caveat ‘so far’.   ‘The concept of a definitive text...
Something more pressing

Something more pressing

Yes, you can find a thousand things more urgent than writing, or at least more insistent. Writing for this and other websites takes precedence over a series of children’s stories I have begun. Blogs have a rhythm or schedule, books are open-ended. I find time...
Being never wholly so

Being never wholly so

This line from a poem concerns being and being written or heard about.  If it isn’t written (and presumably, read) or told (and presumably, heard), it cannot fully be. I don’t believe I fully agree but it’s something to think about. ‘… what is...
Diving in head first

Diving in head first

Keats was a bold player, keeping his eye determinedly focussed on achieving enduring greatness, not on the fads and fashions of the critical present. His letters reveal his willingness to fly in the face of, and transcend, the vagaries of reviewers. Here he uses a...
Fine writing, fine doing

Fine writing, fine doing

My earliest impressions of Keats were as a languishing poetic type, not a man of action.  Now, after getting to know him through his letters (among the best I have read), he comes across as a vital, life-loving and out-stepping person, even though destroyed by illness...
The art of story-telling

The art of story-telling

Henry Miller is himself a wonderful writer, and this comment about a critical element of successful story-telling took me by surprise. While I am not sure what to make of it, I’ve also turned it over in my mind to see if it would serve as a license to take...

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