Manu Joseph writes about people and spaces around Spui, in the tourist hub of Amsterdam. His dry humor is enjoyable as much as his reading of the place interesting. The trams disappear just that way! His is going after happiness as a theme, as I figure from his columns. If it is to bust this whole […]
On Writing Well – 2Reading Zinsser on writing. On words he has these lines to leave the reader with -“Remember that words are the only tools you’ve got. Learn to use them with originality and care. And also remember: somebody out there is listening.”Zinsser is laying down the world of expression and writing for me, […]
Writing: the personal transactionWilliam Zinsser’s On Writing Well for this week. The man makes tremendous sense in his observations about writing and the process. Early on, he notes that ‘ultimately the product that any writer has to sell is not the subject being written about, but who he or she is.’ That is the personal […]
When there’s nothing else to doWilliam Burroughs speaks of why and when of his writing. No fancy reason. Plain boredom, perhaps. Someone now got plenty of it and nearing that age -BURROUGHSI started to write in about 1950; I was thirty-five at the time; there didn’t seem to be any strong motivation. I simply was […]
Pause at the edge of the country’…and it’s not this end but all the days of going under from which I will have to recover.’Remarkable end of an otherwise explicit piece by Erica Ehrenberg. More Scandinavian pieces this week.
Henry Miller on life Waking up to a morning overcast with rain. The greyness is typical of this city in these months. Even before coffee, there is a need for words. Some words that can invoke the morning. For today, it is Henry Miller’s words on ‘a well lived life’ that almost reads like a […]
NYT magazine’s latest cover on love in NY. Quite a work. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/07/magazine/new-york-love-city.html “I’ve lived long enough to know that loss is often very close to love,” said Barbara Ramsey, a 78-year-old former actress.
The man with music, therapy and mission, in the woods has captured my imagination since years. This morning, I opened up his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and read! Next time, I’d want to teach world history (esp the great wars) in school with this deeply human and thought provoking speech.Let us dare to face the […]
Whitman on natureReading more on place of nature in our lives and the opposite as well, of our lives in nature. Naess seems inspiring. Meanwhile, Whitman- “After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on—have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear—what remains? Nature remains.”
Fascinated by this phenomenon ever since school. Reading lit inspired by it. And one inevitably gets to Nordic writers. Knut Hamsun’s Pan – “Night was coming on again; the sun just dipped into the sea and rose again, red, refreshed, as if it had been down to drink. I could feel more strangely on those nights […]