An eclection of insights into the nature of writing and being a writer. 

Journal of joy

Journal of joy

A delightful definition of journals, by one of history's most assiduous journal writers.  A quote to share at the start of a new year, when our resolutions are new-minted and still lustrous.   A journal, a book that shall contain a record of all your joy, your...

An inviting writing table

An inviting writing table

As you know I have a penchant for places which foster the timeless absorption of concentrated reading or writing, or just looking out the window, thinking, or allowing your eye to roam across shelf-stretches of book spines to see if your inner-tuitive librarian...

A great paradox

A great paradox

Heaney tackles the paradox of poetry and other arts, the fact that at one level 'no lyric ever stopped a tank'.   Yet they may just steel those who are stopping tanks, or help the rest of us understand what it takes to stop one.  Or perhaps they can help keep the...

The window-dressers of power

The window-dressers of power

While this comment refers to a specific poetry collection, I like it as a worthwhile goal for poetry, or come to think of it, for writing more generally.Its whole intent is to devastate those arrangements which are offered as truth by power's window-dressers...

All good publishers have a department of exceptions.

Gabriel Zaid – So Many Books

Missing homework

Here Steinbeck suffers a bout of exam nerves before being bombarded with highly intellectual questions from his counterparts in the...

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