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What kind of hospitality, and what kind of happiness

Christmas has been spent in the bosom of my family-in-law. This year’s events made me want to spend the time with my parents: but as I had run out of holiday; as they had come over already in November; and … Continue reading

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Kindling that most marvellous liquor

I’ve been boycotting Amazon for its tax avoidance for ages now. Rather, I ought to say, boycotting it on and off. This year, in order to best deploy my resources on having a decent pre-Christmas with my parents (especially following … Continue reading

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Léigh moran agus scríobh tuilleadh

When Looby mentioned that it was Flann O’Brien’s birthday today, I wished the late gentleman a happy birthday on Twitter (a superstitious folly committed to the air, like saluting a magpie) and decided: that was that. But it’s since been … Continue reading

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The surest way to make a monkey of a man

I just finished Musings of a Monkey, by Steven Baxter. It’s partly a compilation of his blogposts (from Enemies of Reason and other sources), partly a handful of extended essays on the state of journalism and the ramifications of the … Continue reading

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The purpose of art is to stop time

Our trip to London this weekend turned into very much a trip into its arts history. The Muybridge exhibition notwithstanding—that had been our original motivation for going—we spent most of our time looking at references to and images of long-dead … Continue reading

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In age we learn; in youth we underrate

I was recently introduced to Charles Dickens by j4. Some twelve years ago I gave up on A Tale of Two Cities in disgust, finding it waffling and turgid; yet since the start of 2009 I’ve been engrossed in j4’s … Continue reading

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The future's bright: the future's Oxfringe

Oxfringe 2008, a week of literary-fringe nonsense and hilarity, starts this weekend. Sadly, I won’t be around for the first few events: I’m off playing the stag in Bruges until late Sunday, along with (among others) co-organizer hatmandu. I hope … Continue reading

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