After Nature, by W.G. Sebald

I've never been able to 'get into' poetry before. Now I'm thinking I've just never been introduced to the good stuff, because this book has really grabbed me and made me want to seek out more like it. The book contains three prose poems, or rather, three parts. Part one is about the 16th century …

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Which world is the dream world…

What does your mind do while you're away? Could your dream world be more important and enriching than waking life? Our days so often seem like meaningless survival, as if our consciousness is just a way to keep us eating and procreating, the same way a section of our brain keeps our hearts beating and …

Trees look like nervous systems

Naked trees, especially in the fog, make me think of nervous systems. They are kind of creepy looking if you think of it that way. The roots could be nerves too, though we don't see them. Branches are kind of like air-roots. The tree we see above ground is a mirror of the roots below... …

Power causes brain damage

This article explains a lot about current situations in some governments... I wonder if this could be prevented in anyway... there always has to be some people in power. Though some seem to handle it better than others. It is depressing that even such a small amount of power has a measurable effect. If I …

Active crows

I've always felt drawn to crows, but lately I've been feeling more and more interested in them. Something about their eyes and their behavior radiates mystery and intelligence to me. I think my next novel will involve crows in some way... But, it also will involve active characters. In editing my novel and my novella, …

Crows getting braver?

It seems that I see more and more crows walking the streets, picking at sidewalk trash in big crowds, not flying away when I come near... is it just me? Or are these birds becoming more a part of the city over time... It seems to me they've learned that humans are not really much …

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

Turns out the version I purchased of ¬†The Peregrine also contains another writing, 'Hills of Summer', so I was much nearer to the end than I thought in my previous post. I'm now finished, and it ends just as it began, with prose of the highest order. This is the kind of book that can …