Monthly Archives: September 2005

Patient Energy

Listening to Tony Blair's speech today, I was struck by one thing. The patient energy of the man, and the patient energy it takes to get anything big done, or make a difference on a large scale. There were many … Continue reading

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Amateurs vs Professionals

Recently I've been spending time reading fan fiction, and talking with people who write fiction for fun. And I've also been reading books by professional writers about their ways of working. One thing strikes me about the difference between amateurs … Continue reading

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Being bright doesn’t stop anyone from being dumb

In case it sounds like I think I'm some kind of idiot, I don't. I'm very bright, but being bright doesn't stop anyone from being dumb. And being dumb doesn't stop anyone from being very bright. The definition of being … Continue reading

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More on Being Dumb

I continue my meandering inquiries into being dumb, and the dumb things I do. For the purpose of this conversation, being dumb is defined as: Doing things that I really do know better than to do Doing things that I … Continue reading

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Dancing with Bad Wolves

I've been watching Dances With Wolves on DVD. I haven't finished it yet, but it's very good. It is strange that the moment that touched me the most was the death of the wolf. And I don't think I'd be … Continue reading

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I’ve been dumb, dumb, dumb!

And I'm feeling happy and liberated to have actually noticed it at last. I spend so much time doings things that if I thought about them in advance I'd know they will never work out, or be useful, or produce … Continue reading

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Writers’ Perversity

More from David Lodge: Some of Joyce's biographers have wondered whether this [jealous] emotion wasn't almost deliberately whipped up by Joyce so that he could draw on it for his fiction. Nora complained later in their marriage that "Jim wants … Continue reading

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