New article: “The Song of a Poet: Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and the Boundaries of Literature”

Hi all, Just checking in to let any R2R subscribers know that I’ve got a new piece of writing up at Inciting Sparks, a University of Edinburgh postgrad blog platform. It’s about Cohen and Dylan, and it’s about having a sniffy, protective attitude towards what counts as literature (and, by implication, as art). It’s about… Read More New article: “The Song of a Poet: Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and the Boundaries of Literature”

You Can’t Efface the Hate: Orlando and Jo Cox and ‘tough questions’

It has been a terrible week-and-a-half, and everybody knows that we must now ask ourselves tough questions. After the massacre in Orlando, and after the murder of Jo Cox, everyone knows, everyone keeps saying that we must ask ourselves tough questions: about guns and violence and the holding of intolerant beliefs. However it seems to… Read More You Can’t Efface the Hate: Orlando and Jo Cox and ‘tough questions’

A(nother) year in (more) books: 3 best, and a couple of worst

To start a tradition, do something twice. Last year I posted a retrospective of a year in fifty-two books. Last year, displaying stalwart consistency, I once again read exactly fifty-two books. (The average UK male life expectancy is 79. It would appear I have 2808 books still to read. Which seems an excellent reason to never… Read More A(nother) year in (more) books: 3 best, and a couple of worst