While Rome Burns – Just Fiddling


One Sunday morning in early autumn, astray in the summerhouse where I go for silence & certainty, I took down from the spidery shelves of my ‘library in the garden’ (thanks to Edmund Gosse who quotes the case of some old writer who had one) a yellowing volume of essays, acquired from a dead friend […]

GHOSTS IN MIRRORS


In July 2018 I was given the task of reviewing Cor van den Heuvel’s Selected Haiku. He is regarded as a significant figure in haiku circles. In his Afterword I learned that he was much influenced by Alain Robbe-Grillet’s work which propelled me into re-reading the novels with this in mind starting with Jealousy. This […]

The Great Switcharoo


On the other hand, you have different fingers – Steven Wright When I was a little lad (difficult to imagine now but only too easy for me to get back into who I was then now… seeing, hearing & feeling all the things I experienced those long years ago…) I used to spend some time […]

when reading Baudrillard


Having finished a rather long immersion of reading, I picked a book out of the TO BE READ shelves completely at random and began to read the complex and mystifying pages of Jean Baudrillard’s The Perfect Crime which in his own terms cannot be explained. One of the ways I find it useful to tackle […]

All Life is an Improvisation


Preamble For twelve years I’ve been privileged to be a member of a Music Group in Colchester, Essex, UK called ‘Firewire’ under the auspices of CoMA (Contemporary Music for All). We play members’ own formally composed music – all sorts – and spend a lot of time freely improvising. When a new member who is […]