Posts filed under ‘of interest’



8 September 2012 at 12:53 Leave a comment

of interest

This is so very far from my experience that I find it fascinating in a voyeuristic way…

I wrote seven novels over a period of six years before one was accepted for publication. Rejected by some twenty publishers that seventh eventually earned me an advance of £1,000 for world rights. Evidently, I wasn’t working for money. What then? Pleasure? I don’t think so; I remember I was on the point of giving up when that book was accepted. I’d had enough. However much I enjoyed trying to get the world into words, the rejections were disheartening; and the writing habit was keeping me from a “proper” career elsewhere.

I was writing, I think, in my early twenties, to prove to myself that I could write, that I could become part of the community of writers, and it seemed to me I could not myself be the final judge of that question.

Tim Parks

24 August 2012 at 04:20 Leave a comment

Maeve Binchy

“The Scottish writer Ian Rankin tweeted: ‘She had time for everybody. Perhaps because her stories came from all of us and for all of us.'”

30 July 2012 at 17:44 Leave a comment

seems like more…

people doing for free what used to be a paid position.

21 July 2012 at 07:09 Leave a comment

can truth win?

He said: “To conform with everyone else is the easiest way but when you conform you compromise your principles.

“I am not going to give up. Stay naked is the word.”

-Stephen Gough

17 July 2012 at 20:09 Leave a comment


“America, and much of the world, had a rather toasty May – it was the hottest since records began back in 1880.”

Read more:–Australia-suffered-coldest.html#ixzz20FZh6U4J

Last year’s record warm November in the UK – the second hottest since records began in 1659

Read more:

10 July 2012 at 13:39 Leave a comment

Interesting that Spinoza is so central

28 June 2012 at 14:35 Leave a comment

Older Posts

What I’ve been reading:

  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. (London, 14 King William Street, Strand: William P. Nimmo, 1876). 4 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 3, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985). 4 years ago
  • Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988). 5 years ago
  • Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004). 5 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 2, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985) 5 years ago

T. Anderson Painter

I am a misanthrope. No one ever believes me, but this seems to prove my point.



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