Monthly Archive for October, 2012


Well you didn’t think much of As I Go To Sleep, did you? I really enjoy the pack attack on a book that doesn’t pass muster by a bunch of very intelligent persons, but I’m sorry you didn’t get more out of it. Never mind – maybe the tango is more your cup of tea! I have to admit, I feel you would need to be a tango obsessive so far, but maybe it will draw me in eventually.

Gertrude Stein link – one of the Great Lives series on Radio 4 – interesting background info on Gertrude and Alice. And here is the poem we didn’t close read:

A Carafe, that is a Blind Glass


A kind in glass and a cousin, a spectacle and nothing

strange a single hurt color and an arrangement in a system

to pointing. All this and not ordinary, not unordered in not

resembling. The difference is spreading.


Genius. See you all in November brrr! 


All Alone In The Moonlight ..

Memory .. ah. A bit of a touchy subject as the years progress. Gore Vidal quotes Montaigne: “I am so outstanding a forgetter that, along with all the rest, I forget even my own works and writings .”  Trying to imagine yourself into the shoes of the main character in this month’s book is to enter a nightmare of no touchstones at all. The idea in this book is that “we are our memories” that identity and memory are one and the same, and I suppose this is true – although maybe not entirely? Is there some human essence, some characteristic I that remains even when memory goes? I look forward to discussing this with you next Monday.

Did you guess correctly as to the gender of the author? I think when people use initials, my first assumption is – it’s a woman. Because there is more to gain, perhaps, in assuming a male identity? Not in this case though. How well did he enter the female head and body? Another topic on my agenda.

I am loving this autumn. It always reminds me that I’m not a teacher anymore (bonus) but also that it seems like a time of fresh beginnings. I am also loving my Corsera ModPo course hugely, am in love with Prof Al and finally getting to grips with Gertrude Stein. I may share this with you lucky peeps next Monday.