Introductions

I have been considering commencing a project of this nature for some time. Over the years, I have lived in different places. I continue my nomadic pursuits as I believe it is essential to experience as many facets of the world as possible. I also love to write and this is an opportunity for me to record my experiences of the places I live in or visit, as well as the literature I come across.

I hope to make this space a celebration of the things I find myself doing in every environment I live in, despite it being different from the last. These are reading, eating and drinking. We metaphorically devour books with much the same hunger or thirst with which we enjoy a soft boiled egg or a cup of tea. I am interested to see how food, drink and literary works intersect to form a complete and unique sensory experience.

Photography is also a form of aesthetic expression that is of interest to me. Capturing a moment in a specific place can provoke an onslaught of sensations, even when viewed years later.

“Stroking the monster’s back” is a quotation from the poem ‘Stony Grey Soil’ by Patrick Kavanagh. The verse in which these words appear expresses the poet’s yearning for a time long gone in which an innocent pleasure was to be found in the unfamiliar.

All views, unless otherwise stated, are my own.

Jonathan Swift: A Hypocrite Reversed and Speculoos

“Only by acknowledging the ineradicable self-interest that makes each human being his own tempter, tormentor, and judge, can we face up to the challenge of Swift’s ironies.” – Jonathan Swift: A Hypocrite Reversed

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