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”
I know I keep tediously referencing it in my pseudo-amusing subtitles…but these really do take quite a while to make.
Probably because I keep adding pseudo-amusing subtitles.… Read More English Literature PhD Vlog 3: Applications
Hi all! Last night I got around to recording my second PhD vlog, which you can watch below. I know that ‘the first week’ doesn’t sound like a very different title to ‘beginning my PhD’, but I wanted to record some of the confusion that I’ve felt in response to the blank slate of beginning… Read More English Literature PhD vlog 2 – The First Week
My first vlog as a PhD candidate in Edinburgh!… Read More English Literature PhD Vlog 1: Beginning my PhD
This week I went to two literary events which could hardly have contrasted from one another more starkly. The first one quiet and concerning the birth of a book. The second one huge, and cacophonous, and mourning the absence of books-to-be.… Read More Jon McGregor and Terry Pratchett
The more things stay the same, the more significant a minor change becomes. The bareness of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot – both in terms of its minimal scenery and unfleshy script – and the rigid adherence to that script demanded by the Beckett estate mean that any production becomes most notable for its deviations from the default ur-Godot which one visualises when reading the play on the page.… Read More Waiting for Godot at the Edinburgh Lyceum
In 2013 I told the popular literacy-bragging portal Goodreads to ‘challenge’ me to read 52 books, one for every week of the year. When the Great Old Ones invented the internet, did they in their wisdom foresee that it would someday be used for self-imposed litnagging, turned into a cross between a digital alarm clock… Read More The Year When I Read Enough Books