Let`s talk about Cabbages…..

I am currently researching various vegetables for a proposed new book.This week I have been looking at the seemingly, terminally dull cabbage. But all is not as it seems, as somewhat surprisingly the cabbage appears in the writing of two of the most influential and eminent writers of the 16th …

What was all the fuss about?

The novel as a sweaty triathlon with politics, philosophy and science where the bicycle, swimming trunks and the running shoe should be. Unlike Joyce and Proust, relatively easy to read. Mann, ever the burgher, never the bohemian, gives you a front seat view of the action. When things get strange, …

Ulysses

The novel as a taxi ride; pot holes, traffic jams, minority group parades plus the brakes are fucked and the blind folded driver is smoking a spliff. The trick is to sit back, ignore the meter and anticipate the destination. Go easy on yourself: Linearity – getting from A to …