Literature

East End Glasgow Osborn Street

Shuggie Bain will break your heart – and put the pieces back together again

Last night I went to Malmö City Library, to my first indoor cultural event since December 2019. And fittingly, wonderfully, it was Douglas Stuart, talking about Shuggie Bain. As I have written elsewhere, this book is astonishing, a tour de force of love and despair. Acclaimed by critics, loved by readers, translated into a slew […]

Go on and do your work. Do it well. It is all you can do.

Ursula K. Le Guin

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.

Rebecca West

To create means to connect. It is to abolish the gap between the body, the mind, and the soul, between science and art, between fiction and non-fiction.

Nawal El Saadawi

If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

What I had that others didn't was a capacity for sticking to it.

Doris Lessing

The Skylight

May 27th, 2017 Posted In: Art Tags: , , , ,

You were the one for skylights, I opposed Cutting into the seasoned tongue-and-groove Of pitch pine. I liked it low and closed, Its claustrophobic, nest-up-in-the-roof Effect. I liked the snuff-dry feeling, The perfect, trunk-lid fit of the old ceiling. Under there, it was all hutch and hatch. The blue slates kept the heat like midnight […]

Wer nicht mehr liebt und nicht mehr irrt,
der lasse sich begraben.

If you no longer love and no longer err,
best let yourself be buried.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe