Muriel Spark on Mary Shelley, and the sport of curling

I've become one of the cheapest people I know. I have the lowest cell and internet plans, buy my clothes either thrifted or at the cheap stores, and I try to keep my grocery bills under $ 40/week. It was $ 30, until I realized that wasn't sustainable. There's always some non-grocery item, like laundry detergent …

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Early February check in: Spark & Shelley & Bowie (and abject misery)

  Screw April; February is the real Cruelest Month   February heard me telling it to sod off. It's only the 10th, and it's already wiped the floor with my pasty arse. Hell, so far all of 2018 hates my guts. Yes, I said I wanted an exciting year. But my definition of "exciting" is …

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Frankenstein 200: Muriel Spark on Mary Shelley

2018 marks not just the 100th anniversary of Scottish writer Muriel Spark's birth, but also the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's science fiction classic Frankenstein. Time flies, friends.     Spark admired Mary Shelley. Extra exciting for me, her biography of the English novelist is where both my Muriel Spark project and participation …

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Writing: Deconstruction is the sincerest form of learning

    I've had this argument with a friend unfamiliar with the writing process, yet interested in writing, himself: It's not plagiairism to use another writer's framework. Plagiarism is lifting someone else's work verbatim, plonking it down in your own piece without attribution, pretending it's your own. It's not only illegal, but a moral wrong. What's …

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My generally crappy week in review: reading and other complaints

Books mentioned in this post: Muriel Spark - The Comforters Muriel Spark - Robinson Muriel Spark - Memento Mori AJ Finn - The Woman in the Window Peter Manseau - The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln's Ghost Michael Wolff - Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White …

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