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|Photo of Wilkie Collins, probably from 1866, the year of Armadale's publication|
Labels: Wilkie Collins
|Paul Nash, painting of Dymchurch sea-wall|
Lee’s poems had about them a remarkable tone. They were ‘quiet’ compared to the work of the Americans I was reading, but they were also surreal. It was a surrealism of everyday things. I often felt that surrealism arrived in Britain as flotsam; objects that floated across the Channel and sat displaced on a beach in southern England. It’s something you can see in the paintings of Paul Nash.
Labels: Andrea Brady
|A stand of Lysimachia vulgaris|
I moved house. As the drive to the office is now ten minutes not five, and as I've been making a few round trips to Frome and elsewhere, I thought it was worth downloading a bunch of Librivox audiobooks. (The splurge is, of course, free.)
|Portrait of Robert Browning by Dante Gabriel Rosetti (1855)|
|Sara Casanovas as Electra in a 2010 production at the Teatro Español|
This is a theme that crops up a lot in the vicinity of Andrea Brady's poetry. Commentators mention it. The poetry mentions it. ("Winter Quarters", "Friendship 2") - the poetry, everywhere, is alert to it. You might almost say, lives and dies by it.
Another home move, and a clearout. The books are going to Julian House in Bath.
The truculent German, Ger-mann, Heer-mann, War-man, considered carnage the only useful occupation, and despised agriculture as enervating and ignoble. It was base, in his opinion, to gain by sweat what was more easily acquired by blood. ...
The long day spent in the ruins of Ur inspecting the walls and buildings of various ages, examining the pottery and piecing together the stories of the past, cause one to return to the Hotel on wheels, filled with wonder. On turning in for the night and with one's thoughts still back in the very early ages, the writer was brought abruptly into the present by a tap on the window and the stationmaster said:-- "Mr. Pearson, I thought you would like to know that Cambridge has won the boat race -- I've got it over the wire!"Pearson's style veers between this pleasant homeliness and exalted preaching. Thus, passing the natural Oil Wells between Kirkuk and Mosul, and seeing patches of fire ("It is Hydrogen, which, when coming in contact with the air, bursts into flame"), he thinks this may be the Burning Fiery Furnace in the book of Daniel, and he homilizes:
The Law of the Sabbath is broken, even in church circles, the Word of God is popularised by taking out the very portions that would "hurt" the reader to his heart's good. The world today is worshipping "flesh" as in no previous generation under the guise of health, and exalted to the rank of deity until modesty, prudence and purity are ordered to the flames of extinction. It is in the suffering that the Christ is made manifest, it was so in Nebuchadnezzar's day, in Smithfield's bonfires, and it will be until Christ is revealed in the fullness of His Glory.
|Cherry Tree, Bath 5th April 2015|
OK, I admit it, I'm only posting this to see how my new email subscription service Feedburner (sign up over there on the right!) will handle multiple posts in a single day. (Not something that's likely to happen very often, but hey.)
The wire mother is a terrible cage regardless
serves its purpose. Same cloth
cuts an obscene hourglass against their figures,
proportioned to a Spanish drama on the Bangalore line.
Labels: Andrea Brady
|Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), Middleleaze 7th April 2015|
Labels: Catherine Daly
|Peter O'Toole as Hamlet|
Labels: William Shakespeare
Labels: Prosper Mérimée
|Old Khndzoresk, Armenia (Photo by Mher Ishkhanyan). Xenophon mentions seeing troglodytic villages like this.|
|Honoré de Balzac, daguerréotype by Louis-Auguste Bisson, 1842 (Maison de Balzac)|
Labels: Honoré de Balzac
|Bohdan Khmelytsky with Tuhai Bey at Lviv, painting by Jan Matejko (1885)|
Labels: Samuel Astley Dunham
|Jane Austen, pencil-and-watercolour sketch by Cassandra Austen, currently on display in the National Portrait Gallery|
Labels: Jane Austen
This is a stub list of interesting Amazon reviewers I've happened across. - reviewers that make you want to press the button that says "Read all my reviews". I'll update it as and when.
"Injun an' Mex or bad white, like Durley said, reg'lar devil's brew," was Green's unvoiced criticism.
Apparently a public-spirited citizen..... With an innate feeling that the man was crooked, he had to admit that so far he was not justified in that belief.
Labels: Oliver Strange
|In a Lonely Place, jacket of first edition|
|Gloria Grahame as Laurel Gray in the film In a Lonely Place (1950)|
Labels: Dorothy B. Hughes
[This post consists of raw notes towards an essay on Andrea Brady's poetry. The finished essay (eight months later) incorporated some of this, but not much.]
chilly on the terrace even in the cubby hole
physicist's life is in ruins he insists
I'm listening my way through a stack of CDs on one of those black plastic spindles (left with me by Kyli when she went abroad for a while and seized the moment to abandon old technologies).
|Lacock Abbey, outside the Great Hall|
|Lacock Abbey, Great Hall interior|
Labels: George Gordon Lord Byron