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* The moment a man begins to talk about technique that’s proof that he is fresh out of ideas

* The quote is from one of my gods: the American-“anglo” crime writer, Raymond Chandler “…the art of urban civilizations tends to be static, solid, and symmetrical. It is disciplined by the representation of the human body and by the … Continue reading

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Forwards and back

“Tis all in peeces, all coherence gone;All just supply, and all Relation” Tom’s friend, John Donne & his poem “Anatomy of the World”. “We sail out of the harbour, and the countries and cities recede” Virgil, The Aeneid The idea … Continue reading

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Flimsy Perspectives

The origin of things is wholly the work of that which imagines, thinks, wills, feels. Friedrich Nietzsche. This morning over coffee a young English “classics” post-graduate who is probably going to start an education course in New York this autumn … Continue reading

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Apt to Linger

“We spend our days looking for the secret of Life. Well, the secret of Life is Art!” “My first idea was to print only three copies: one for myself, one for the British Museum, and one for Heaven. I had … Continue reading

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The Betwixt Pillow

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Emotional Antiquity

At a dinner recently in London I was, again, the only English person present. What were the people there? They were Peruvian, African-Indian, Israeli, Romanian, American and Italian. At one stage the conversation was about “Englishness,” a subject that divides … Continue reading

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Millions or Dreams?

“Tycoon: how to turn your Dreams into Millions” is a new book currently being heavily promoted in England it seems. Its author, Peter Jones, is a rich man (I hope) who is now getting richer by fronting reality television about … Continue reading

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