Monday, 10 February 2014

"Gretta sniffs as she dips her knife into the red mouth of the jam pot."

Instructions for a Heatwave. Maggie O'Farrell

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

In a rich man's world

When you have money, then for the first time in your life you understand it, what money does for you. Where before, all you understood was not having it, money allows you to be who you truly are. The Good German

Thursday, 21 November 2013


"Just tell me the truth."

"There is no truth. There is only opinion and memory."

Smoke, Alex de Campi

Monday, 11 November 2013

Well who hasn’t, really?

Miley Cyrus lit up a joint on stage and twerked with a dwarf,  

The Independent, November 11, 2013

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Regrettably recognisable

“Yes. Your attitude measures up to the two requirements of love. You want to go to bed with her and can’t, and you don’t know her very well. Ignorance of the other person topped up with deprivation, Jim. You fit the formula all right, and what’s more you want to go on fitting it. The old hopeless passion isn’t it?

Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

This seems familiar

Arthur's cubicle used to be near the watercooler, but the bosses tired of having to chat wtih him each time they got thirsty. So the watercooler stayed and he was moved. Now his desk is in a distant corner, as far from the locus of power as possible but nearer the cupboard of pens, which is a consolation.

The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman

Monday, 22 July 2013

I think he's sat next to me on the bus before

The man wore a smart black suit over a black shirt and a latex mask of a red fox. The fox's wide smile was hungry, the eyes that glinted from its head an unnatural green that made me think of the damage a broken beer bottle can do.

The Bullet Trick, Louise Welsh