Category Archives: Books and things

Roth on History

…the unfolding of the unforeseen was everything. Turned wrong way round, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied as “History”, harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of … Continue reading

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Delayed Gratification

My wife bought me a subscription to Delayed Gratification for my birthday, a magazine published by The Slow Journalism Company. I’d never heard of it before and didnt know what to expect, but having read the explanation of the concept that … Continue reading

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Some books aren’t for reading

Reading this year is going well. The latest book was Stephen J. Burn’s Infinite Jest: A Readers Guide. A slightly unusual choice, perhaps. It is, after all, a book about a book and therefore operates in some sort of generic inter-zone; … Continue reading

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The ‘Unfallable Encyclicling’ of James Joyce

Written between the years 1914 and 1922, Ulysses is an encyclopaedia stored up against the possible destruction of Western civilisation by world war. It is designed, as Joyce explained, to contain “a picture” of Dublin so complete that if the … Continue reading

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Grow!

Playing catch up a bit with the book reports. Am through the second of the year, which was Jim Stengel’s Grow. It’s a book all about how businesses that use a ‘brand ideal’ or higher order purpose can out perform other … Continue reading

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

First book of 2015 is done and it was great: Karen Joy Fowler’s Booker nominated We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Unlike other books, I don’t necessarily think it fair to do a post mortem here. It’s got it’s fair share … Continue reading

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John Self beat you to it: The Zone of Interest

It’s always a borderline depressing experience reading one of John Self’s reviews. His review of Martin Amis’ latest, The Zone of Interest is, as per usual, lovely. His reading is forensic, his analysis well balanced and insightful. To paraphrase/misappropriate what Zadie Smith … Continue reading

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