Monthly Archives: January 2011

This is not a book review: some initial thoughts on Barbara Hand Clow’s The Mayan Code and more…

A man with one hell of a hangover once came to see me for a reading. Aged thirty-something, he’d recently been diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live. And his response to the unexpected news had been to … Continue reading

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Laxative Language – Who Does It Affect and for How Long?

In his book review ‘Human, All Too Inhuman – The smallness of the “big” novel’ (The New Republic, 24 July 2000, p. 41), James Wood defines features shared by novels of a new ‘genre’, hysterical realism: ‘The different stories all … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Creative Writing MA, Part 4

Maybe because Short Fiction was an elective (my first), or because the tutor’s enthusiasm exceeded the call of duty (we received extra handouts of stories and reviews), the high standard of work + attendance made this class unusual. And a … Continue reading

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21st-century Witch-hunters – scientism vs. intuition

When you’re a professional astrologer, people from all walks of life – perhaps due to our culture’s confusion re what astrology is – tend to ask you questions that have little to do with your discipline; questions about, for instance, … Continue reading

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