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Is a rose a rose?

Words are powerful. They change meanings, connotations as language evolves. The goddess Trivia was clearly demoted. If you remember saying ‘straights’ to mean cigarettes (rather than joints) you are probably over 60. 677 more words

Matt Haig (2017) How to Stop Time.

I rattled through this book in no time. A simple story told in the first person voice of Tom Hazard who was born on the 3rd March 1581 and is now—I’m crap at arithmetic, so I’ll jump from page 1 to page 316, near the end of the book—and say Tom is around 439 years old. 703 more words

Gertrude Stein

Matron saint of reps,
one word, next, again, the same–
Style, the modern rage.
(Picasso’s portrait of Gertrude Stein)
John Biscello

The New Penguin Modern Collection

So, Penguin have done it again: enticed me with tiny books and big ideas. The new Penguin Modern collection is a set of 50 slim works, for £1 each, containing stories, essays, speeches, poems, by some of the most radical modern writers. 952 more words

Book Blog

The Matriarchal Reign of Artist Rosa Bonheur

On the 16th of March 1822, French painter and sculptor Marie-Rosalie Bonheur was born in Bordeaux, Gironde, as the oldest child in a family of artists. 979 more words


Californian In The White House

When critics carped that W.
Was worst, I’d ask them, “Surely, you
Recall the horrors Tricky Dick
Inflicted on us?” In the thick
Of Donald Trump’s dominion, though, 70 more words


LONG READS: The Rite of Spring / John Coltrane

I’ve decided to post up two long pieces of previously published academic writing on music, partly to get them out from behind paywalls, and partly to make my editorially preferred versions of these essays available for the first time. 391 more words

John Coltrane