Early Morning in the Library

I like it here, early in the morning when there’s hardly anybody else around yet, just some librarians and me. Off the early bus, now there’s light in the mornings, and up the stairs to my place on the second floor. Which is not really my place, but it always is this early in the […]

Another Planet

I’ve spent this weekend reading Tracey Thorn’s ‘Another Planet’ and it’s made me think about my own life. I thought it would, which is why I’d left its reading until a weekend when I knew I’d be on my own for the whole of the time. The book tells her story of growing up in […]

“The Librarian” by Salley Vickers

“We emphatically do not want to find that we have reached such a state of dearth in our society that we must provide food banks for the imagination as well as, as we so regrettably have to do today, for the physical body.”Salley Vickers It took thunder and lightning to stop me reaching the end […]

Reading Deborah Levy

I don’t know Deborah Levy but I’ve been spending the weekend in the company of her words and considering writing some of them down in here. Because they’re memorable but also so I’ll remember them, memory being a coming and going kind of ability sometimes. The weekend began early, sometime in the week, with a […]

Such A Day

I think it’s Muddy Waters singing, reminding me how essential this sound is to me. I think you’d call it the Chicago Sound. The blues when it’s found a band but not long arrived from the South. And along with the blues a warm feeling of contentment is descending on me, in my stomach and […]

Restless

A restless Sunday. Traditionally, these days, Sunday is my day of rest. A day for reading things that aren’t academic. But today I’m restless. The news being made up of lies, reactions to lies, and analyses of both, has sent me out walking to avoid any more of it. But still I’m restless. Restless, on […]