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Review of The Picture of Dorian Gray

It’s true, in Wilde’s preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray, that thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art.  In fact that’s pretty well a truism, isn’t it? since the art, if art, would in this … Continue reading

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My reading of Quentin S Crisp’s Aiaiglas

I like the poems which are dated and can be correlated with the prose of Aiaigasa which occasionally refers back to them. ‘On the path I kissed/You, but didn’t say/How I felt like an actor’ epitomises self-consciousness. ‘The Café de … Continue reading

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Book Launch

Dressed in my slimfits and red bootees I went off to the book reading, walking from Kennington, asking directions from an obliging girl, to Fitzalan St where it took place in the Royal Oak.  David Rix shook my hand and … Continue reading

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Review of Quentin S Crisp’s The Paris Notebooks

The cemetery whose name escapes Quentin S Crisp at the time in The Paris Notebooks most likely is Père Lachaise, and the tortured unfortunate, who challenged Apollo to a musical duel, Marsyas.  He’s right – Quentin that is, not Marsyas … Continue reading

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Love

While with a nail unpicking at the seal, tearing to check the wrapping paper – for recycling – I went into the room where John was seated.  “That’s the first time I’ve seen you undo a bar of soap,” with … Continue reading

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Review of Living on Paper, Murdoch’s letters

The introduction assesses the author’s promiscuity and effect on a wartime lover.  She was being honest in the letters to him I read.  (I hadn’t realised Theo died shortly after as a result of Vincent Van Gogh’s suicide. ) I’ve … Continue reading

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Review of Murdoch’s Existentialists and Mystics

Murdoch says, in a revised conversation with Magee, ‘any artist must be at least half in love with his unconscious mind which after all provides his motive force and does a great deal of his work.’  Mine was behind Sketch … Continue reading

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