Elementary My Dear Ayn

October 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm (Uncategorized)

OK, I watch Elementary.  And while it’s not as stylish as the British Sherlock Jonny Lee Miller’s scenary-chewing as the recovering junkie Holmes is a lot of fun.

Last night’s episode has a Wikileaks-like storyline, but of a somewhat more dubious nature. The whistle-blower seems as much interested in “hooking-up” than with exposing secrets. His web page, Watson notes, is also filled with Ayn Rand references.

Holmes snorts: “the philosopher-in-chief to the intellectually bankrupt.”

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Alice Munro

October 11, 2013 at 1:27 am (Uncategorized) (, )

Was it really John Lennon who said, life is what happens when you’re busy making plans? And when I looked up, a fortnight had gone by without a post.

So, today I was roused from my stupor by the announcement Alice Munro had won the Nobel prize for literature. I haven’t read enough of her work to call myself an expert. I’ve just read a couple of those fantastic short story collections to note what a talent she has.

I’ve been writing for years. People have on occasion praised my work (immodesty moment), but I can’t write fiction.  To write a story, a real story, that entertains, that holds the reader. That’s a skill. And it’s a skill Munro possesses, so congratulations to her.

Did I mention I once worked with her daughter in a used book shop?


[Update – And those of you who are quick observers, will note I misspelled her name! Damn!]


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