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Don't Look Now: McEwan's in Venice

February is the month for Carnival in Venice,so the idea of reading some books set in the city was appealing.

During 2011 I finished off the last of Donna Leon’s Inspector Brunetti series of crime novels and I also read a few factual books about Venice (Jan Morris, … 609 more words

Book Stuff

A Train Ride with Friends (The 云南 Series: Day-1)

Destination: (成都 )Chengdu to (昆明)Kunming 

Date: 10.02.2011

With only one-way train tickets booked for a 20+ hr. train ride with the worst seats possible, I left Chengdu with 8 others to explore the province of (云南) Yunnan during the… 903 more words


Ian McEwan, The comfort of strangers

There’s nothing Blanche duBois about Mary, or her lover Colin, nor anything either comforting or kind about Robert and Caroline.

This early (1981) novella by Ian McEwan is a nasty little piece of work and, to my mind, not in the same league as, say, … 371 more words


Non-Review Review: The Comfort of Strangers

Let me tell you something: My father was a very big man. And all his life he wore a black mustache. When it was no longer black, he used a small brush, such as ladies use for their eyes.

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Wake up song for today - 64

It’s Saturday (shatterday?) and you, me and everybody else needs to listen to Beth Orton? Why? Because.

This is from Comfort of strangers. Listen to it, dammit!!!!

Wake Up Song For Today