Comment: Shades of Grey

A guest blog today: Now upon reading that title, I bet you thought of either the erotic books or the simply disturbing film. I bet none of you thought of anythingelse. And you know what? I hate those books – the film too I guess. They have left a mark not only on British culture,Continue reading “Comment: Shades of Grey”

Comment: Miliband mispeaks – is there a word for this?

In an interview on Monday, Ed Miliband used the phrase “shuffling the deckchairs”. This is a conflation of two phrases. “Shuffling the deck”, a dead metaphor originally from playing cards of course, but now just meaning “changing things about”. It is usually used to describe an attempt to refresh a situation, and is therefore a mildlyContinue reading “Comment: Miliband mispeaks – is there a word for this?”

Comment: Proverbs

I’ve written quite a bit over the years about sayings, proverbs, idiom, and dead metaphor, so this article caught my eye yesterday http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/16/are-these-11-proverbs-for-the-digital-age    If you don’t want to follow the link or read the article, the eleven phrases are: Haters gonna hate The truth will set you free, but first it will piss youContinue reading “Comment: Proverbs”

Comment: Holocaust denial books sold on Amazon

More on yesterday’s entry re Amazon selling race hate material. This story was first broken in 2013, and received some national media coverage, as a result of which (it is claimed, but I cannot confirm) that Amazon withdrew these items for sale, albeit temporarily. They seem to have sneaked back without any publicity. Much ofContinue reading “Comment: Holocaust denial books sold on Amazon”

Comment: Amazonian Extremism

Reading the Amazon reviews of a book I intend to blog about sooner or later, I came across one review which recommended another book, controversially entitled “Enoch was right”. In case you haven’t come across Enoch Powell before, he was a conservative politician who promoted racist ideas in the UK in the 1960s and later. ThisContinue reading “Comment: Amazonian Extremism”

Supplementary: Reading and Forgetting (or Cold Comfort farm, again)

Difficult though it is to admit, I often read novels and then forget what they are about. Not just minor details – whole novels slide past my eyes, to be quickly forgotten. Novels from the same author merge in the memory, and even relatively recently read books which I have written about here resist more detailedContinue reading “Supplementary: Reading and Forgetting (or Cold Comfort farm, again)”

Comment: Books I read in 2012 but did not blog about.

How very post-modern of me – a blog about things I didn’t blog about! The intention was always to write about what I read, but in 2012 I made a few exceptions – either I struggled to formulate anything coherent about the books, or er, … Crime and Punishment. Yes I did really read thisContinue reading “Comment: Books I read in 2012 but did not blog about.”