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Timothy Snyder (2015) Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning.

We think we know the bare bones of the history of the holocaust. Hitler as bogey man and the German nation following him to the abyss, where around six million Jews perished and many more minorities. That was my take on it. Not bad, around a D grade. But Snyder does more than root in the history of the past. He drags us into the present and the lessons are illuminating. For the German nation the war was portrayed as necessary, a colonial war to...

Mohsin Hamid (2007) The Reluctant Fundamentalist

I watched The Reluctant Fundamentalist on BBC 2 recently. Mohsin Hamid was screenwriter and author, and the role of the narrator in the book Change[z] is much the same, but the plotting is slightly different. In particular, Changez's exotic girlfriend, Erica, in the book is given a backstory. Changez, in his doomed love affair, mirrors her doomed love affair. It's a short novel. Very few films are better than the book. Ben Hur is an example...

Studio Flat - Bournemouth just moved in

A studio Flat shouts Me! This little place is for me alone. It also tells me how to behave. 'Be clean. Be tidy. Be organised. Don't clutter. Don't you dare!' I think it will be a good influence. I'm in West Cliff. My tree-lined street is a long terrace of blocks of studio flats book-ended by hotels. The blocks have green awnings. Did they used to be small hotels? I feel like I'm living in a hotel. One with leafy views, now that I've pulled the...

STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

Story and Poem for the month of August very kindly chosen by Rhona Miller (love_writing): Attempting to choose two pieces this month has left me with literally no nails left! There has been an overwhelmingly amazing amount of talent in both poetry and prose. I’ve finally selected two pieces which have continued to linger in my head, both for their skill and the emotive responses they’ve provoked. First up is Brooklyn Heart by Michael Valentine...

The Kiss Quotient (review)

“Plus, babies meant husbands. Husbands meant boyfriends. Boyfriends meant dating. Dating meant sex. She shuddered.” I can't decide if I really enjoyed this or I was really happy to get to the end, but if I'm contemplating it's probably the latter, right? The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is one of those romance novels where you know immediately that no matter what happens the protagonists will be together in the end. So if you don't like one of...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Both of the picks this week explore life experience, dreams lost, consequences faced. Story of the Week goes to johnshade's utterly believable and beautifully written two-parter 'Ariadne'. Both parts will grip you from beginning to end and then you'll want to start all over again: https://www.abctales.com/story/johnshade/ariadne-part-1 https://www.abctales.com/story/johnshade/ariadne-part-2 Poem of the Week is Jane Hyphen's wonderful 'The Dirt...

Last Night I Met John Adcock

mop the blood off the page

Moving on Saturday

Sometimes I think I might have given away too much... My boyfriend drove me to the cat adoption centre on Wednesday. I don't see them advertised on the website yet. Funny feellng on my last day of work walking at 5.30 from his place to open the back door of the cinema to do my last shift with the hoover and the mop. No need to pop into my place first and feed the miouwing clamour. I can stay away as many days as I like - no need to run back or...

When Things Fall Apart

The Rule Of Law Vs. Hollywood Justice

The Meaning of Life

I'm OK - You're OK

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