Mostly walking the dogs

Champagne Brightness Of The Air

"For in winter the champagne brightness of the air and the sociability of the streets are grateful"

Street Haunting: A London Adventure by Virginia Woolf

My daughter got me a very pretty Penguin Little Clothbound Classics copy of this for my birthday. I’m pretty sure I had read all these when I was going through previous (e-book) collections, but interestingly I discovered in reading this that “How Should One Read a Book?” has different variations. I.e. this quote is not in the version in this book. Huh.

Jesus Cant Pay My Catalogue

"Agnes rooted around in her mother's curler bag. She took out the Embassy packet and put two cigarettes in her mouth. She took a long draw and held the smoke inside for a long while. "Jesus can't pay my catalogue"."

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart


Each Man Collected A Handful Of Thin Children

"Without a word, each man collected a handful of thin children, who followed obediently, like reverential shadows."

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

He Locked The Door That Lay Behind His Eyes

"He locked the door that lay behind his eyes and walked away, leaving the body, the plaster dust, the flask of cold tea, and the angry gaffer behind."

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

LINK: When do we stop finding new music?

Read this recently and am glad I am bucking the trend. For sure, hearing music from my teenage years (Throwing Muses, Belly, Sonic Youth, Dead Kennedy’s, and Senser are just a few) imparts a deep emotional response, but newer stuff is also doing similar: I remember exactly where I was when I first heard Self Esteem’s I Do This All The Time; I was running and listening to ChillDaBeats.

Someone in the comments talks about a truly wonderful thing they do with their friends where they have to put together a top ten of their favourite tracks from the current year. I have no friends, but collating my favourite tracks from the current year* and therefore actively listening to music from the current year, well, I’m up to three hours and six minutes of songs from this year already and I wish I’d started doing this before 2021.

* - Since I count songs on albums released in the current year some of the songs have often also been released as singles the previous year, but it’s still newer than the 90s.

He Poured Her A Phosphorescent Glass Of Diluting Juice

"He poured her a phosphorescent glass of diluting juice, but she held her hand out in refusal."

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

I should probably try to find something else to post beyond quotes. I have got through all my books now though so will run out soon.

This was a really good read.

Our Nurses Are Now The Truest Practitioners Of The Healing Art

"Our nurses are now the truest practitioners of the healing art. If every Scottish, Welsh and English doctor and surgeon dropped suddenly dead, eighty percent of those admitted to our hospitals would recover if the nursing continued."

Poor Things by Alasdair Gray

Probably some truth to that.

Who Use Religions And Politics To Stay Comfortably Superior To All That Pain

"I clenched my teeth and fists to stop them biting and scratching these clever men who want no care for the helpless sick small, who use religions and politics to stay comfortably superior to all that pain: who make religions and politics, excuses to spread misery with fire and sword and how could I stop all this?"

Poor Things by Alasdair Gray


(But also sadly now labour too).

When Many Free Men Are Begging For Work

"Modern industry finds it cheaper to hire hands for days or weeks - when not needed they are free to beg work from other masters. When many free men are begging for work the masters are free to lower wages."

Poor Things by Alasdair Gray

Written before zero-hour contracts were a thing.

I Feared He Was Trying To Smother Himself

"For a moment I feared he was trying to smother himself, then muffler eruptions showed he was using it to absorb glandular evacuations."

Poor Things by Alasdair Gray

The only comical and descriptive bit of prose I’m including. The rest is all political.

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