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a novel filled with good advice
The place I've sublet has a shelf of Joanna Trollope novels and I've just reread two of them. It's so interesting learning all the signs she uses to indicate class. In the gentry, rudeness indicates ...read more
hipsteroid rage
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The problem of hipsters. Nobody is one, yet everyone complains about them. It's a bit like environmental damage: everybody thinks someone else needs to change. I am listening to the couple at the next table ...read more
eros unregulated
On New Year's Eve after a quiet dinner party at the home of a Romanian artist & Swedish poet, I climbed the round hill that gives Kreuzberg its name: cross mountain. In the dark it ...read more
cafe dating
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First date in a cafe. "They always play such excellent jazz here," he is saying. "Try the cakes, they're always good." "Right," the girl says lightly. He has over-ordered, wanting to induct her into his ...read more
pink for the body, blue for the sky
chapter xi: the window does not trap what it views At the wilderness fundraiser we are third from the top, through no merit of our own. We are a last-minute substitution, they’ve bought tickets expecting ...read more
je dis, elle dit, edit
I feel widowed. I am winnowing. Dancing through this manuscript one last time with my tiny stave ~ of ink ~ finding out the hollow places where the old log gives ~ and pressing down ...read more
pessimist the point
Pessimists (cynics) invariably believe they are 'realists' and therefore can smugly feel that optimists must sooner or later knuckle down ~ that is, be beaten down by 'reality' & 'experience' ~ and join them. I've ...read more
kingship vs kinship
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I hated twitter for a long time before I realised I knew nothing about it. What a snob. I had pictured a whole lot of people chatting about nothing - but had no personal experience ...read more
mind your peas & queue
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I realise it is an insufferable habit to peer into other people's shopping trolleys and make guesses about their state of torpor and poor little stolid fat inactive kids as a result. And many people ...read more