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09 November 2010


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Wonderful post - and a fantastic discovery.

On Booth, I found that one of the streets highlighted in the Museum of London's new(ish) exhibit of Booth's map was the street where I was raised. Those links back in time never fail to captivate.

And thank you so much for the Nuala O'Faoloain tip a while back which set me off on the path...

Oh, goosebumps! Seredipity at its best!

Love this post. Like you, I do tend to devour an author's catalogue if I've been swept away by a first reading. Funnily enough Rachman popped up in An Education, a film I watched recently. How fascinating to discover those connections to RW.

How delicious. A good coincidence can light up one's experience.

What a fascinating coincidence! I have also wallowed in works by a single author, sometimes to the detriment of my appreciation. The little tics and habits of a writer that are merely identifiers when read one at a time can become annoying when you plunge through several books in a row.

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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