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

June reading update

In June, I finished reading George Eliot’s Middlemarch – an endeavour I undertook as a part of a lockdown reading circle with friends I would normally meet up with in person in Oxford.

  • FranKissStein by Jeanette Winterson
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  • But the Hippopotamus by Susan Boynton 
  • Weather by Jenny Offill

While But the Hippopotamus is a classic and family favourite, Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet emerged as the most compelling read of the month. 

June 30th 2020