A Wander With Georges Perec

What can Georges Perec see out of the window? He's sat as usual in Café de la Mairie, 8 place Saint-Sulpice in the 6th arrondissment, lodged at his single table by the window looking out. The Latin Quarter is passing by outside as always; it never really stops, merely lulls. On his small, plastic coated … Continue reading A Wander With Georges Perec

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Responses: Poems On Landscape And Melancholy (Volume 2)

Throughout 2017, I have continued with the responses form of article to works of art and other miscellanea.  Like last year, I found that a more interesting way to assess a piece of work was to not simply write an essay but to pair it with a poem; condensing the essence of the reading down … Continue reading Responses: Poems On Landscape And Melancholy (Volume 2)

Fictions: Piccadilly Line “Corpse Rain” Phenomena

It came to light in a recent report released by Transport for London that the company had undertaken several investigations into certain disturbances occurring on a number of their main underground lines.  These disturbances have been felt by many commuters and several of my colleagues in the department confirm that the descriptions of events in … Continue reading Fictions: Piccadilly Line “Corpse Rain” Phenomena

Wandering Through – Robert Walser’s A Little Ramble (1914)

I savour Robert Walser's fragmentary work.  Though I've read several volumes of his collected sketches, I've yet to read any of his full length novels.  I have some trepidation about them, almost definitely unfounded, in that it is the formal qualities of such short snippets that draws me into his optimistic depression, his meandering playfulness … Continue reading Wandering Through – Robert Walser’s A Little Ramble (1914)

Responses: Eileen Agar’s Butterfly Bride (1938)

"Once upon a time, I, Zhuangzi, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly.  I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Zhuangzi." Looking at Eileen Agar's Butterfly Bride (1938) is to look into the dreams of insects.  Or perhaps these … Continue reading Responses: Eileen Agar’s Butterfly Bride (1938)