Posts tagged new york times
“ London can metabolise. Centre Point, stubby tower at the junction of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, is ugly, and, if grudgingly, rather loved. But London’s growing fake public spaces abjure the backstreet-and-alleyway gestalt of the city. It and its planners have little room for any urban contingency where railway bridges cut low over streets, on their own business, at angles that make no sense from below, forming strange obliques and acutes with the houses they meet.”
“ WHAT I might have said to my son’s friend is that it is incontrovertible that sometimes things get done better when you’re doing something else. If you’re writing and you get stuck, and you then make tea, while waiting for the kettle to boil the chances are good ideas will occur to you. Seeing that a sentence has to have a particular shape can’t be forced; you have to wait for your own judgment to inform you, and it usually does, in time. Some interruptions are worth having if they create a space for something to work in the fertile unconscious. Indeed, some distractions are more than useful; they might be more like realizations and can be as informative and multilayered as dreams. They might be where the excitement is.”
I have to finish a draft by next week and I’m very far away from it right now. There’s also a ton of stuff that needs to be done around the house and on top of all that, real, paying work. Not forgetting, I need to try and see if I can take this master’s degree any further.
Worst of all, the pie consumption level around here has reached crisis point, and unless I exercise restraint, there’s a very real danger I might have to exercise.
So, that’s part of the reason most of the posts have been videos and not text. But I’ve also been wondering what to do with this blog - I’m not interested in doing long confessional essays, and I don’t have the time to be a magpie, throwing up every meme, trailer and shiny new product that pops up online. There’s enough of both out there already, and I don’t think anyone needs me to add to it. Obviously, if you get me very, very drunk, all bets are off.
So, rather than can this blog, because I do enjoy shouting into caves, I’ve decided to start posting all the things I come across while researching and writing. Partly as a way of keeping track of everything, but I think there’s a fair amount of interesting stuff that other people might enjoy. I don’t know how regular this will be: I’ve been blogging in some form since 2006 or thereabouts, but nobody could accuse me of consistency.
Certainly not my wife*
Right. Time to get down to work. Here’s something interesting to start with: a story on the diminishing value of education from the New York Times - something that fascinates me on loads of levels.
And because why not, here’s a video from an Irish/Malaysian band called Madu, who a student introduced to me last month. You can find their album here: