Monday, August 30, 2010

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke (2004)

Very much enjoying this book. It has wonderfully layered meanings on class and privelage, contribution and restriction.


Friday, August 6, 2010


Impertinent, there's a word I haven't heard for a long time. A real word of self-superiority and prejudice. For use only by bigots.


The Most Formative Part Of My Life

"The Tolkiens left here for the smoke and noise of Birmingham when Ronald [Tolkien] was just eight, but he once described his time at Sarehole as, "the most formative part of my life."" The Quest For The Real Middle Earth (DVD).

England is the same for me, and that from a similar age, between two and seven.


The Way It Is Said

The way it is said, even if we don't understand it, is right, when it is said at the right time.


Envy Breeds Malice

Envy leads to malice and people who don't want to see other people's dreams come true.