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The diary of another nobody

It’s the nature of autumn, perhaps- those barred clouds blooming in the soft-dying days (not mine, Keats), days which die noticeably earlier with every sunset now- that has got me thinking more than usual about how long I have left … Continue reading

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And Beth shall be no more- Little Women, heroines and Nora Ephron

I’ve done the maths- for my most recent bout of treatment, which lasted 166 days, I spent 63 (in all, not consecutively) having chemotherapy. If you want to know what having chemotherapy is like, here’s how Christopher Hitchens described it in … Continue reading

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On my bookshelf (II) – The evolution of self-help

I’m terrible at art, but have recently decided to give it a go for want of things to do. Because I lack an artistic imagination, I decided to start off by drawing things I can see; and from my preferred … Continue reading

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The work of Anthony Lane – So finely written

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgement. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to … Continue reading

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Parodies and Wendy Cope – Some sort of record seemed vital

Wendy Cope is famous for her humorous love poems (I long to see you, hear your voice/ my narcissistic object-choice), but in my opinion really comes into her own in her parodies. My favourite of these (and it’s a rich field) … Continue reading

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The universal stories of This American Life

The radio show This American Life celebrated its 500th episode last Friday. I’ve been listening to the podcast for a few years now, and it’s become something I look forward to every week.  It’s difficult to describe the relationship you … Continue reading

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Always look on the bright side

To read about people’s experiences with cancer, it seems as if no-one just ‘has’ the disease-they’re constantly ‘fighting’ or ‘battling’ it. If the ‘war’ here is meant as the one between medical science and its mysterious, capricious enemy, then the … Continue reading

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