I saw Seamus Heaney interviewed about his translation of Beowulf tonight on the BBC documentary about the ancient epic. He said the most beautiful thing, that Beowulf was born into life as an intelligence and shaped by pain into a soul. An idea I must remember. Elsewhere.. Jetse de Vries gives some statistical feedback onContinue reading “Pain and the Soul”
So I did a bit of book shopping whilst is SF at the wonderful Borderlands. If you happen to be near enough to shop there at any time please do so. Empty your wallet in support of our much needed specialist genre stores, and get great books in return! On the flight out I readContinue reading “The Tomes of San Francisco”
I have been asleep almost the entire time since getting back to England, catching up with friends and grabbing snatches of news. The British parliamentary systems has fallen into disrepute, the economy is in freefall and Tarantino has been allowed to release a new film. I go away for a few days… San Francisco wasContinue reading “A Long Sleep”
My last full day in San Francisco and I have had a feast of American cuisine. Dunkin Donut, mid-morning Chinese tea and tiramisu cake thing, California sushi for lunch, cherry pie and extra thick milkshake for tea, deep dish Chicago pizza for dinner and a round of Earl Grey tea to finish. To paraphrase HomerContinue reading “Bye, Bye American Pie”
My holiday in San Francisco is entering its final days. It feels like I have been here forever, so long that I’ve established a routine and the streets around Union Square now seem very familiar. I’ve had a lovely time seeing old friends from Clarion, and taken time out to read some and write more.Continue reading “End of Days”
My short story Momentum (first published in Electric Velocipede #13) appears with a wicked little illustration in the utterly trendy Art & Things magazine, issue 2. You can read the magazine in a beautiful online edition or pick it up at a variety of excellent retailers including Foyles, Borders and the Tate Modern. Read MomentumContinue reading “Momentum in Art and Things magazine”
The Sofanauts No 4 is up. I rant about discrimination aginast sf and why writing is not a career. I’m enjoying this show more and more.
I was nicely surprised to wake up this morning to find a wonderful translation of Im Abendrot in my inbox. I have posted before about this poem by Joseph von Eichendorff, which I discovered via the music of Richard Strauss. Teh generous spirited Richard Gardner found my ear;y post and has furnished me with aContinue reading “Surprise Translation”