A reading of Seveneves

Seveneves, a novel by Neal Stephenson   From times immemorial, we have dreamed about it, painted it on caves walls, written fiction and speculations, prayed for it not to happen: it is mankind’s common nightmare, Armageddon, the end of our world, the end of our species. Will it be caused by our own misbehaviour, aContinue reading “A reading of Seveneves”

Buddy #TheDailyPost #amwriting

Publish a new post on your blog interpreting the theme. (S)he follows me everywhere: in these pages, at the gym, at the supermarket, on the long walks on the Downs, in airports, in the canyons… His – or her – face has changed a little in time, but not that much. It may have beenContinue reading “Buddy #TheDailyPost #amwriting”

Survival #TheDailyPost #amwriting

Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. April was a blessing, a trip to a far away and remote country we love, meeting fascinating people, and that reflective time that a writer always needs. Of course there was the challenge, but we had planned for it. It was fun. The truth isContinue reading “Survival #TheDailyPost #amwriting”

Rendezvous #AtoZAprilChallenge

For the first time the voice he heard, in his sleep, was not Melissa’s. The woman introduced herself as Gabrielle, Melissa’s teacher, and proceeded to explain where he would find her, in clear, geographical precision, courteous, but leaving no doubt that he was expected to attend. The message was delivered without preamble, as a matterContinue reading “Rendezvous #AtoZAprilChallenge”

Of Thanatos, Ansky’s Notebook and a City in the Desert, a #reading of “2666” by Roberto Bolaño

“Jesus is the masterpiece. The thieves are minor works. Why are they there? Not to frame the crucifixion, as some innocent souls believe, but to hide it.” 2066 “Now what sea is this you have crossed, exactly, and what sea is it you have plunged more than once to the bottom of, alerted, full ofContinue reading “Of Thanatos, Ansky’s Notebook and a City in the Desert, a #reading of “2666” by Roberto Bolaño”

Edit, Rewrite, or… Scrap: #Writer’s dilemma #amwriting

I know this work is far from being completed, let alone publishable. Friends have, politely, ignored invites to comment, always a bad sign… Yet I am reluctant to scrap, while accepting that making this good would require a lot of effort, probably more so than it took to scribble in the first place. What hopeContinue reading “Edit, Rewrite, or… Scrap: #Writer’s dilemma #amwriting”

A character’s right to reply #amwriting

I quote verbatim from a letter received from Julian (RIP). No, my once dear Honoré, you did not have to do it, and I don’t believe a word from you about “being sorry”. The truth, from my perspective anyway, is that you satisfied your petty jealousy, your ambition to have my beautiful wife – and,Continue reading “A character’s right to reply #amwriting”

#Promptbox: Clouds

Since they’d settled in the city, by now he has almost forgotten when that was, he rarely thinks of the old town. Only in Spring, as the resurgence of colours, the clothes of women in the street, and the smiles on children’s faces, made him long for a past of peace and smallness, when himselfContinue reading “#Promptbox: Clouds”

Inherent Vice #ThomasPynchon #PaulThomasAnderson #atthemovies

For decades I have been a fan of Thomas Pynchon’s novels. The first one I read was “V”, still one of my favourites, but, really, I love all of them. There is some geographical and historical magic Pynchon distils in his writing, that permeates his characters in a unique way. Maxine Tarnow, in Bleeding Edge,Continue reading “Inherent Vice #ThomasPynchon #PaulThomasAnderson #atthemovies”