Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Dalkey Archive

The Dalkey Archive starts with the narrator, Mick, and his friend Hackett (interesting use of first name or surname to indicate degrees of intimacy with the reader – in fact throughout the novel we never discover Mick’s surname) come across … Continue reading

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Flann O’Brien, Me, James Joyce and Forty Foot Men

Forums are amazing places where conversations can continue over years. You post a question and only three years later you get a response – amazing. The question I found (where? who can say?) was this: which of these two books … Continue reading

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Ooops!!! Time for my Madonna story.

Did the link not go to my sex tape? Tut tut!  Oh well, maybe it’s just as well. You never know what the repercussions might have been. But since I do wish to boost the numbers visiting my site, perhaps … Continue reading

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Sex tape

Authors will do anything to get their books published. They’ll even make a sex tape – Like me. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/FWknAd

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Oscar (Wilde) and Peter (Ackroyd)

And carrying on the book/blog dialogue I now come to a novel that is organised as a personal blog – The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde by Peter Ackroyd. OK. Here it is. Peter Ackroyd was born in the same … Continue reading

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#blog versus #novel

So Murasaki Shikibu, author of the world’s first novel and Sei Shonagon, author of the first surviving blog knew each other and did not get on. Writing a novel and writing a blog require completely different character traits. One requires … Continue reading

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Annoying Things

Annoying things, writes Sei Shonagun – “One has sent someone a poem (or a reply to a poem) and after the messenger has left, thinks of a couple of words that ought to be changed.” So true. So much for … Continue reading

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