The Third Policeman, by Flann O’Brien

The end saved this one a bit for me. I really was not a fan of a lot of the middle, so much of it seemed disconnected from everything and meaningless and confusing, but maybe that was the point. The end was really surreal and creepy and dark, but the kooky humor of the rest …

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I don’t like ‘lol random’

I've been reading The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien, and am finding myself generally annoyed with it, and had some curiosity why, since it seems like the kind of humor I used to really enjoy, in 'Hitchhiker's Guide' for example. I think the difference is that in Hitchhiker, things that appear random at first are …

Late night thoughts

Somewhere, there is a tree growing which will some day be cut down and made into your coffin. No one will ever truly know you, but you. The person you love most in the world has secrets they will take to their grave, kept even from you. The things people do for love, when done …

Silence

Could you live without it? I couldn't. It is like water for my soul--peace and quiet and room in my own head to think. Silence after being talked to by numerous people is as refreshing as the sudden absence of pain.    

Iconic scenes in literature

Sometimes, stuff just sticks with you. Over weeks or months or years, sometimes that one scene stays burned into your brain. What is it about these scenes that makes them stay? It can sometimes just be a very shocking scene, or maybe its a certain description that really resonates with you and seems so true …

Err on the side of confusion

A bit of advice to writers of TV, movies and books alike: I'd rather be confused than treated like an idiot. People generally aren't as slow as you seem to think, dear writers of the stuff I read and watch. You don't have to make that hint so painfully obvious, or explain this concept or piece …

Fossils, not waves

People often think of their words and actions as waves, rolling across the surface, visible but impermanent, ephemeral, inconsequential. But each word you say, each smile you give, each helping hand you extend can fossilize in the memory of someone, to stick with them for the rest of their lives. Think back to a fond memory you …