Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Post it 4/2015

TO READ AGAIN (and again if possible)
The Middle of things - an article about the craft of writing I've read several times in the past couple of weeks. There are other two that also caught my eye, have a look.
The New Yorker
The Middle of Things by Andrew Solomon
Writers Struggles by Morgan Meis
Creative Writing by Etgar Keret

The last one I read it today and it was really good.  Did you also do that thing he describes? About the photocopies? I used to do that; now I read as I go. 
A Guide to Thesis Writing by Humberto Eco
(...) "But the book’s enduring appeal—the reason it might interest someone whose life no longer demands the writing of anything longer than an e-mail—has little to do with the rigours of undergraduate honors requirements. Instead, it’s about what, in Eco’s rhapsodic and often funny book, the thesis represents:a magical process of self-realization, a kind of careful, curious engagement with the world that need not end in one’s early twenties. “Your thesis,” Eco foretells, “is like your first love: it will be difficult to forget.” By mastering the demands and protocols of the fusty old thesis, Eco passionately demonstrates, we become equipped for a world outside ourselves—a world of ideas, philosophies, and debates."

(...) "Consider Eco’s caution against “the alibi of photocopies”: “A student makes hundreds of pages of photocopies and takes them home, and the manual labor he exercises in doing so gives him the impression that he possesses the work. Owning the photocopies exempts the student from actually reading them. This sort of vertigo of accumulation, a neocapitalism of information, happens to many.” Many of us suffer from an accelerated version of this nowadays, as we effortlessly bookmark links or save articles to Instapaper, satisfied with our aspiration to hoard all this new information, unsure if we will ever get around to actually dealing with it. (Eco’s not-entirely-helpful solution: read everything as soon as possible.)

CUBA
Dear God, why can’t Fidel live forever? The thought of Cuba becoming another MacDonald Land give me the shivers. I want it to stay exactly as is, I don’t care if it is old fashioned. Do you want modern? Go to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore! Leave bloody Cuba alone. We need Cuba to remind us of a time of innocence, old cars and good Medicine. I’ve been to the last concert (so they say not sure it is true) of the Buena Vista Social Club, is it a sign of what is coming? I hope not, let’s hope not.

HILLARY CLINTON ( hopefully future Madam President) 
It’s official my ladies, she's gonna do it. Will electing H. Clinton mean anything to women? Will she make any difference? I am not entirely sure having Bill Clinton will actually help her,  sometimes  I wonder if it will make people think... 

1. She's only there because of him.
2. She’s got Bill so everything will be okay.
3. Don't worry he'll tell her what to do. 
3. All Americans want is to have Bill back.

What do you think?  Here's an interesting article I read about Bill Clinton (future First Gentleman or first Dude of America ahahahahaha!)  

ELECTIONS UK
Politicians are all demagogues. Some incite hatred with polished neo-Nazi discourse to gain voters, others incite fear: “if we are not re-elected, the whole world will collapse; others are just kids proving themselves stronger than their sibling. Guess you know who is who in here. Oh dear Nick why have you messed things up?

SERIES
Without knowing I have started a “series” posts. Have I not? Shall I rename it to "The To the Lighthouse News"?

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