If you’re an owl-lover like the Gerts you won’t be able to resist this:
Clara Beaudoux is a French journalist. In 2013 she moved into a renovated apartment in Paris. The previous tenant had lived there for twenty years and had died a year before Clara moved in. The only part of the apartment left in its original state was the cellar storage room which had a padlock on its door So what does Clara do? Continue reading Clara Beaudoux – The Madeleine Project
I had to happen. A ‘snap’ lockdown. Bang go the plans for the weekend. But life was ever thus. Just when we have won the lottery we are diagnosed with a terminal disease. Searching for inspiring reading I came upon a book by A E Ellis, Father of Rational Emotive Therapy. Continue reading Simply messing about in books
Louis Ives is a young man leading a quiet life teaching in Princeton. No, not Princeton University, but year 7 at Pretty Brook school. As he enjoys his job and is rather shy, he cannot see his life changing. But he has his weaknesses, and an incident where he is caught trying on a colleague’s bra in the staff room sees him moving to New York. Continue reading Jonathan Ames – The Extra Man
This month my self-imposed task of reading a Great Book each month brought me to the work that would present me with my greatest challenge. It was time to take down that copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses sitting on my shelves for the last twenty-seven years and actually read it. I knew only that it was about one day in the life of Dublin and some of its citizens and that its structure was loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey. I also knew that it is considered one of the greatest works of Modernist fiction and that its author is considered a genius by many. Hence my trepidation. Continue reading James Joyce – Ulysses
Thomas Dalton and his flatmate Tom Hamilton, singers with the Australian Opera, created something of an internet sensation when they went out onto their balcony to sing “I Still Call Australia Home”. The performance was captured by a neighbour who happens to be a professional videophotographer. A corny song, but one that warms the cockles of the most cynical Aussie’s heart.
Lucy Ellmann’s first collection of essays has been described as ‘excruciatingly funny’, ‘breathlessly brilliant’, ‘comedic genius’… But the trouble with Lucy Ellmann is her humour always seems to use the same devices: CAPITALS, long alliterative lists, anger, denunciation, and this tends to pall after 196 pages. Her book comprises fourteen essays and is almost entirely a rave against modern civilisation and the people who have created it: MEN. Continue reading Lucy Ellmann – Things Are Against Us