Robservations: Of Schopenhauer, on overreading and ignoring the classics

It’s not often that I get deep and meaningful on a Sunday morning, but I did today when I stumbled across an essay collection from nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), hosted at the always useful University of … [Read more...]

Essay review: ‘Memory Laps’ by David Sedaris

Story Title: 'Memory Laps' by David Sedaris. Source: Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (Abacus) Date Read: 06 January 2014 Afterthoughts: At age 50 Sedaris decided not to pursue an interest in opera - something which he says that an older person can … [Read more...]

Essay review: ‘Think Differenter’ by David Sedaris

Story Title: 'Think Differenter' by David Sedaris. Source: Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (Abacus) Date Read: 04 January 2014 Afterthoughts: Rather a short essay this one, in which Sedaris still manages to cover a fair amount of ground. He … [Read more...]

Essay review: ‘Attaboy’ by David Sedaris

Story Title: 'Attaboy' by David Sedaris. Source: Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (Abacus) Date Read: 03 January 2014 Afterthoughts: In this essay Sedaris bemoans the lack of discipline shown by today's parents, while reflecting on his own … [Read more...]

Essay review: ‘Dentists Without Borders’ by David Sedaris

Story Title: 'Dentists Without Borders' by David Sedaris. Source: Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (Abacus) Date Read: 02 January 2014 Afterthoughts: In this opener to his latest collection, David Sedaris invites the reader into the privacy of … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Friday 8th November 2013

Clare Vaye Watkins shorts out 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize - What a joy it is to see that American Clare Vaye Watkins has won the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize for her collection, Battleborn (Granta Books). And coming right off the back of Alice Munro being … [Read more...]

‘Now We Are Five’ by David Sedaris

Story Title: 'Now We Are Five' by David Sedaris. Source: New Yorker website Date Read: 29th October 2013 Afterthoughts: There I was midway through David Sedaris' latest essay collection, Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (Abacus Publishing) and … [Read more...]