Book questions

Back in 2010, I picked up Norman H. Mackenzie's own copy of Eliot's Selected Essays in my favourite second-hand bookshop in Kingston. But the inscription Eliot made for Queen's University's renown Hopkins scholar asks more questions than it answers. What brought both Eliot and MacKenzie to Durban in 1954 and what occasioned their meeting?

Modernist Aesthetics

Léon Spilliaert (1881–1946), Femme en pied (c. 1902). Pen and India Ink, brush and wash on paper. Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Bruxelles.

What I'm Reading

July reading

I know we’re not even mid-way through the month, but I thought I’d update you on what I’ve been reading in July. I have an ambitious programme of reading for the summer months and, in anticipation of the publication of Ali Smith’s Summer in early August, I’ll be re-reading the first three instalments of her quartet.

  •  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
  • The Animals at Lockwood Hall by Jane Healey
  • Adèle by Leïla Slimani (a re-read, as I read the original French edition last summer)
July 14th 2020