Monthly Archives: October 2012

We hold empty names

“Toen de wereld vijf eeuwen jonger was, hadden alle levensgevallen veel scherper uiterlijke vormen dan nu.” “When the world was half a thousand years younger all events had much sharper outlines than now.” –Johan Huizinga (1872-1945) in Payton and Mammitzsch’s … Continue reading

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When Art kills the Artist

“The sullen murmur of the bees shouldering their way…” “…whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flamelike as theirs” The quotes belong to Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), a writer known mostly for his Faustian … Continue reading

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“You were afraid for me, and that was how I knew you.” Yesterday I saw J.K. Rowling’s A Casual Vacancy on the shelf. It was a chunky doorstop of a book that’ll the do the job of keeping the door … Continue reading

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The Anesthetized Seagull

Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind Cannot bear very much reality. from Burnt Norton -T.S. Eliot CNF. Sitting on the train the other day I was wondering what it was and its appeal. CNF is not a syndrome … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Wasp’s Nest

Today’s post is a passage from Wasp’s Nest, the sequel to Roma, Underground. Please read about the publication details for Wasp’s Nest at the end of the excerpt. 2 He could have passed for a banker. Passed for the mailman. … Continue reading

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