Monthly Archives: December 2010

Notes on History: 20th Century Year by Year: The Great Work of Time

A decade into the 21st century, I think the time is now apt to  contemplate the great work of Time, that is, the interpretation of the chronicle of human existence as a narrative. To illustrate this I’m going to pick up a … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Non-Fiction Notes: A Flummery of Food

I picked up this delightful and delectable little book from the Landmark bookstore during one of their yearly sales. And what a find! Compiled and introduced by the late Andre Simon, A Flummery of Food is a collection of great writings, … Continue reading

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Notes on TV Shows: How I Met Your Mother

 Apart from its most obvious characteristics (delightful lines, great actors and cosy settings), which it shares with all great sitcoms, what delights me most about How I Met Your Mother is the juxtaposition of excellent writing, amazing narrative technique, and great direction. Take … Continue reading

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Notes on Blogging: The Remembrance of a Past Blog

I decided to abandon my first blog Naturally, a Manuscript, because I couldn’t consistently stick to and crystallise the vision I had for it. That does not, however, mean I’m not fond of it. Therefore I’ve decided not to move, what in my … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature and Movies: Inception: A Curious Observation

A caveat: what follows is pure speculation. In the Wool and Water chapter of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, the sheep says “Are you a child or a teetotum? You’ll make me giddy soon, if you go on turning round … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Don Quixote, Part I: First Impressions

It’s been called “The First Novel”, “An Infinite Novel” and so many other glowing and glorious things. But what struck me as most beautiful about Cervantes’s Don Quixote in Edith Grossman’s wonderful new translation is its inventiveness and narrative richness. … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Curiouser and Curiouser: Reading Alice at 25

It’s probably a curious thing, but I’m 25 and I just finished reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass for the first time. It was an absolute pleasure to read Martin Gardner’s definitive edition in the form of the single … Continue reading

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