Take a lucky dip in this refreshing pool of posts, randomly selected like literary Russian roulette (but more fun and much safer). Or filter by category to take a deeper dive into specific themes.  Enjoy!

Tell them

Tell them

This fellow farmer may have encouraged James Rebanks to write his clear-eyed, concise and moving account of the changes witnessed and experienced as...

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Easy laughter

Easy laughter

A merry simile for an easy laugh, though I never thought of woodpeckers as laughing. See another avian reference to laughter, by the same author.......

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Write and gripe

Write and gripe

I like letter writers who gripe about the responses (or lack of) from correspondents.  Pliny is the arch whinger when he doesn't think his friends...

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As homely as

As homely as

What comes to mind?  Apple pie?  Cup of tea?  Kitchen table?  I found Durrell's homely simile as charming as surprising.  And yet it looks obvious,...

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The threads of love

The threads of love

A simple yet rich metaphor for love, and I liked the multiple threads of different colours - the various skeins of mutual interest, attraction,...

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Appreciation is a better mode for the understanding of achievement than are all the analytical kinds of accounting for the emergence of exceptional individuals.  Appreciation may judge, but always with gratitude, and frequently with awe and wonder.  

By ‘appreciation’ I mean something more than ‘adequate esteem’.  Need also enters into it, in the particular sense of turning to the genius of others in order to redress a lack in oneself, or finding in genius a stimulus to one’s own powers, whatever these may emerge as being.

Source: Harold Bloom, Genius (London: Fourth Estate, 2002), p. 5

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