Date Archives July 2010

Monday morning inspiration

“We are here to provide for those who are weaker and hungrier, more battered and more crippled than ourselves. That is our only certain good and great purpose on earth, and if you ask me about those insoluble economic problems that may arise if the top are deprived of their initiative, I would answer, ‘to hell with them’. The top are greedy and mean and they will always find a way to take care of themselves. They always do.” – Michael Foot

Paired with Andrea Levy

OK, so Amazon’s algorithms don’t always work too well. But I was pleased to see On the Holloway Road being offered with Andrea Levy’s Small Island for £9.93 in the “Frequently Bought Together” category. I also like checking out the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought…” section for my book. There are some great books in there like Mrs Dalloway and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, as well as some Julian Barnes, J.G. Ballard, Caryl Phillips and quite a bit of Shakespeare. Interesting to see what people who bought my… Read More

Monday morning inspiration

“The author of genius does keep til his last breath the spontaneity, the ready sensitiveness, of a child, the “innocence of eye” that means so much to a painter, the ability to respond freshly and quickly to new scenes, and to old scenes as though they were new; to see traits and characteristics as though each were new-minted from the hand of God instead of sorting them quickly into dusty categories and pigeon-holing them without wonder or surprise; to feel situations so immediately and keenly that the word “trite” has… Read More

New Yorker 20 under 40

Ah, another list. Another list that makes me feel inadequate, not only because I’m not on it but because I haven’t even read any of the people who are on it. The closest I can get is having seen Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speak at the Southbank Centre. Is anyone better read than me? Do you have a recommendation on which of the 20 best writers under 40 will indeed be “key to their generation”? The last list, ten years ago, included David Foster Wallace, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen and Jhumpa… Read More

Monday morning inspiration

Remember you love writing. It wouldn’t be worth it if you didn’t. If the love fades, do what you need to and get it back. AL Kennedy The Guardian, Feb 2010

Public Lending Right

It’s sad to see that the budget for Public Lending Right is being cut by the new Tory/LibDem government. It’s a worthwhile scheme that provides income to writers. OK, at six pence per loan it’s not a huge amount, but every little helps. It’s sad that having spent billions on wars and bank bailouts, the government suddenly finds that it needs to save money, and it’s things like libraries and arts funding that get cut. Mind you, they are still happy to spend £100 billion replacing a nuclear submarine that… Read More