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A Beauty Has Bewitched Me

I am unable to move from this place
A beauty has bewitched me just now
A bright, cheerful bird sits on the fence
serenading me at the top of it’s little lungs… 80 more words


'On Beauty' by Zadie Smith

Please do not be too shocked that I am posting this early in the day. Usually I would be having my first cup of tea and doing the obligatory social media catch up at this sort of hour, but having builders working in the room next door to yours is one way to ensure you are an early riser. 570 more words

Book Review

Zadie Smith’s ON BEAUTY: telling the story through sensory detail

In this video we look at two descriptions of the same place, which appear at different stages of Zadie Smith’s On Beauty. Although the place is the same, Smith is able to advance the story just by changing the sensory details on which she and her characters focus. 906 more words

Creative Writing

Book Review: On Beauty

“Right. I look fine. Except I don’t,” said Zora, tugging sadly at her man’s nightshirt. This was why Kiki had dreaded having girls: she knew she wouldn’t be able to protect them from self-disgust. 631 more words


Deeper than Skin Deep: Love has Many Faces

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In our Instagram/Photoshop filtered generation where a face like Rihanna, a body like Kim Kardashian and Reese Witherspoon’s forever sunny personality get all the “Likes.” 37 more words

Farewell, Umberto

Umberto Eco was the sort of person who made me feel proud to be a human being, if you can understand what I mean. Like all of us, he had a brain, and powers of reason. 289 more words

Rambling About Reading

The Thing I Fear More Than Death

Don’t get me wrong, the fear of death is very powerful and potent. One that can consume and drive an individual beyond the edge of reason if allowed. 885 more words

Living Honest