Category Archives: Literature

Baudrillard, Machines, Creativity, and Sameness

Am I a man or a machine? There is no ambiguity in the traditional relationship between man and machine: the worker is always, in a way, a stranger to the machine he operates, and alienated by it. But at least … Continue reading

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A Song Computer-Generated from Virginia Woolf’s Novel, Orlando – #woolfalong

This is a song that I wrote in 2009 by digitally cutting-up words from Orlando. The minimalism to the music reflected the sparing quality to Woolf’s text and the passing of the centuries in it. Not sure how well the sharing options work on Soundcloud … Continue reading

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Materiality and Hope in Beckett’s Molloy: #1951 Club

I post this piece as part of the #1951 Club. I hope the organisers won’t mind: Molloy was originally published in its original French in that year. The piece below was part of something I wrote over 10 years ago but … Continue reading

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Cauliflower as a Surrealist Device

“As long as we are victims of habit we are slaves to Vice. I advise you to begin by giving up cauliflower. I notice you have an inordinated appetite for this vegetable, your reigning passion, in fact, Greed.” Mrs. Gambit … Continue reading

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Multiple Narratives In and About Virginia Woolf

Sometimes it is better to let an author speak for themselves, which is why I have included some long quotes from Virginia Woolf’s novels. Having only recently re-read both Mrs Dalloway and To The Lighthouse the choices for January are limited. … Continue reading

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Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

Following on from my last post about reading books discovered in the blogosphere, there was a spate of posts about Alone in Berlin some time ago, which made its cover instantly recognisable to me. In short, I’m glad to have … Continue reading

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Recommended by Book Bloggers: Quirky Books about Books

I have a confession to make. I keep copies of bloggers’ book reviews in a database. This enables me to click on my ‘Books to Acquire’ folder to remind myself of possible purchases. It’s so much more visual than merely … Continue reading

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