I have not done much in this relatively new formant which I like to think of as the equivalent of the short poems Lawrence wrote when he was too ill and tired to do anything else ('Pansies' he called them because that English word is derived from Pensées). Not that standard he set would be easy to reach! Some of these blogs have been posted on the website of Wordsworth Classics and others were written with members of the D. H. Lawrence Society in mind. But mainly they are for anyone who has happened to wander in my direction. They are not all about literature. One that is relatively recent, for example, deals with the problem of money in sport and is called 'Local heroes'
(see under 'Musings') . In 'Texts for our Times' there is a blog with the self-explanatory title 'Boris, Byron and the 2019 general election'
and another that considers the relevance of Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year
to our condition today (in 2020).
February 7th, 2017
Sebald, Shakespeare and Stendhal in the world of `post-truth’. Hearing that I was working on Stendhal, a colleague suggested I should read Vertigo, inadvertently reminding me of one of those secrets you only tell your doctor and that I have an
read more »