MIND-BENDING


A character in Alain Robbe-Grillet’s beautiful short novel Djinn who may or may not be sometimes the author or Simon Lecoeur or nobody at all come to that from time to time, has perhaps been enrolled, or enrolled himself, in some kind of Kafkaesque non-situation only half-explained because of the need for the utmost secrecy. […]

Literary Studies and Life


All life is fiction but it fails to get recorded as fiction. Reading high literature is the cleanest, neatest form of learning about life that there is. Last Christmas I determined to re-read the whole of Iris Murdoch – all 26 novels. I’ve got to number 8… The Italian Girl In The Unofficial Rose, Mildred […]

Patterns of Behaviour (R6)


The question is: How do we really enter into another person’s position, child, parent, work colleague, friend in need, being able to set aside the contamination that comes from our mechanical reliance on our own point of view? …When you really remember yourself you understand that others are machines just like you are. And you […]