I hope for nothing
I fear nothing
I am free

– Epitath on the tomb of author Nikos Kazantzakis.

“Some mornings, in a perfect world, you might wake up, have a coffee, finish meditation, and say ‘Okay, today I’m going into the shop to work on a lamp.’ This idea comes to you, you can see it, but to accomplish it you need what I call a ‘setup.’ For example, you may need a working shop or a working painting studio. You may need a working music studio. Or a computer room where you can write something. It’s crucial to have a setup, so that, at any given moment, when you get an idea, you have the place and the tools to make it happen.

“If you don’t have a setup, there are many times when you get the inspiration, the idea, but you have no tools, no place to put it together. And the idea just sits there and festers. Over time it will go away. You didn’t fulfill it – and that’s just a heartache.”

David Lynch – “Catching the Big Fish”

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Book Club - George MacDonald Fraser

In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the publication of the first novel in the Flashman series, BBC Radio 7 recently rebroadcast an edition of ‘Book Club’ from 2006 featuring the author, George MacDonald Fraser (1925-2008). In the 30-minute show a group of readers, guided by Radio 4 presenter James Naughtie, ask the author questions about the book, the characters and himself.
The content is fairly insubstantial but for anyone who has even a passing interest in the very wonderful and very funny Flashman series this is an enjoyable diversion.


“Never let a day pass without looking at some perfect work of art, hearing some great piece of music and reading, in part, some great book.”

Johann Wolfgang van Goethe


“Every morning, to earn my bread,
I go to the market where lies are bought.
I take up my place among the sellers.”

Bertolt Brecht – “Hollywood” from “Poems in Exile” (1942)

“Is there anything more pathetic than a monster who keeps asking please? please? please?”

Brett Easton Ellis – “Lunar Park” (2005)


“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

Mark Twain