Tag: literature

Elevation

Major bummer alert. Elevation by Stephen King is a kooky short story set in a small, conservative town about a nice fat bloke called Scott who is losing weight but still looks exactly the same, and the initial fractious engagement with his lesbian neighbours. …..I know….. Sigh. Several pages in, there is still little attributing

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Tales Of The City

Like so many, I really enjoyed, ‘Tales Of The City’, growing up. It was fresh, different, character driven, and really pushed the boundaries of what people were comfortable with in the most gracious and humorous way. Armistead Maupin, now in his seventh decade (!), has finally published his highly anticipated memoir, ‘Logical Family’. Turning the

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The Outsider

If you’re ever jonesing for an existential bummer of a book then ‘The Outsider’, is for you. Fans of absurdism will love reading about a bunch of arseholes, indulging in their varying degrees of arsehole behaviour, and will likely savour the detached indifference of the main character as he gets himself into some major shit.

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Big Magic

If anyone is feeling unsure or in a funk with their creativity, I highly recommend a weekend with ‘Big Magic’, by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s essentially a book of essays, musing about the magic and origins of the creative process. Something in there may well stir something inside of you. When I was a kid, I

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Lanny

Max Porter’s debut novel, ‘Grief Is The Thing With Feathers’, was beautiful and brilliant but had me crying for hours. In a similar vein, ‘Lanny’, was all mischief, myth and mind bending poetry. In ‘Lanny’, Max Porter marries the profound and the pettiness of a small rural English village by weaving folklore and the mundane

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Authentic, precise, tight writing in which timeless characters are as real as the people you know. Or rather, the people you think you know. There are few writers that make me feel like I’m eavesdropping, but Carver is one of them. You know you really shouldn’t….but the subject matter is more absorbing than your probable

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Do I Come Here Often?

Throwback perusal through, ‘Do I Come Here Often?’, with the mordant, miserable and entirely loveable Henry Rollins. Rollins is an insightful man. His writing depicts an interesting and unusual paradox between intense masculinity and profound sensitivity. Emotionally eloquent throughout, the ‘Black Coffee Blues’, journal trilogy is well worth a read, especially if you’re tired of

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The Finger

Life has been exceptionally difficult of late. Two stints in hospital. Abnormal ECGs. Overworked and underpaid kidneys. A savage muscle biopsy. The subsequent infection. Morphine night terrors. And the ever predictable and unwavering mortality crisis doing jazz hands in the limelight…..ad infinitum…..compulsory-mind-wank……yawn…. Whenever unwell and vulnerable, our ability to distinguish who might actually be whom

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Electrolyte Roulette

Routine Stand. Move. Collapse Drink potassium Collapse. Correct the hypo Piss out the calcium Sweat through the potassium Sleep off the magnesium Fight for oxygen Trick the renal distal tubular Drink from a rock pool (St Mark’s Solution) Correct the pH of the blood Assuage the disgruntled and flickering heart Collect 15mg of codeine and

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The Old Man And The Sea

There is nothing quite like another hospital admission to make you re-evaluate your priorities. Now home, juggling glucose and electrolytes like knives, I am shuffle walking into a new phase of my life. I have no idea how to plot my path, or even where I’m going. It is all and only one breath after

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The Light In The Dark

When I was unwell and unworldly, my life was teeming with those who took advantage of my good nature until there was no good nature left. I turned off the tap and all the wordless people went to drink elsewhere. Even though I knew this would happen, I was still so surprised. Few remained who

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