Daily: Mind/Body balance for the extraordinarily lazy

I’m expanding the focus of Bluestalking to include more personal stuff, more about my life outside books and writing. We’ll see how it goes. Today, it’s personal.     Mum had a Charles-and-Diana wedding mug that had survived longer than the marriage itself. Mum had worshipped Princess Di and frequently lamented her passing. “Gone,” she… Read More Daily: Mind/Body balance for the extraordinarily lazy

Reading at the tail end of 2017: Ethical dilemmas thereof, and the future of my blog

  It’s a real problem for the reading and book tracking obsessed: must you add books half-finished at the end of 2017 to that year’s tally (post-mortem, as it were), even if you don’t finish them until 2018, or is it morally justified migrating them to first reads of 2018? My Code of Ethics Regarding… Read More Reading at the tail end of 2017: Ethical dilemmas thereof, and the future of my blog

The moral (and mental) rightness of minimalism: more lessons learned

This topic keeps recurring for me. It’s a current focus of my life, a daily practice, as I continue the nesting process. It’s also an about-face, a total change from the old me. Post-Scotland, I am not the person I was. I can’t immediately think of one way this isn’t a positive. For years I’ve… Read More The moral (and mental) rightness of minimalism: more lessons learned

How well do we know authors? How well should we?: Elena Ferrante Unmasked

  Rather than being acclaimed as masterpiece of sleuthing, there was a decidedly negative reaction to Gatti’s investigation. Most people felt that Ferrante’s multi-decade anonymity had been unnecessarily violated, and crucially without her consent. – David O’Dwyer, Irish Times   I was reading a brief article in the Irish Times this morning on the topic… Read More How well do we know authors? How well should we?: Elena Ferrante Unmasked