I have been reading wildly all over the place, Goethe’s Iphigenia & the Racine’s to remove the taste, Chesterfield, Boccaccio, Fischart, Ariosto & Pope!
– Samuel Beckett,
Letter to Thomas MacGreevy
(25 March 1936)
Blogs are idiosyncratic places, reflections of their writers, so I thought it might be considerate to guide those interested to how things work and where some things are:
The writer is Anthony Brown, born in London but raised in Brunei; currently living in UK and not connected professionally with the literary world. This blog is a labour of love. This is almost entirely a literary blog: I write about the books that I read. It isn’t a diary, more a chronological reading journal. At the moment I post, on average, a couple of times a week. I rarely write negative reviews because I don’t finish books that fail to move me in some way.
Why Time’s Flow Stemmed?
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi wrote about the concept of flow, a sense of ecstasy, when time appears to slow and clarity can occur when we step outside the reality of everyday life. He put into words states that older traditions have known for centuries. Reading books is the most popular way of immersion into the flow experience, but listening to music and playing chess also work for me.
The subtitle Wild Readings takes its name from the above quotation, it summarises well my reading pattern.
More Information for the Extra-Curious
- Library, including a list of favourite writers.
- Some reading lists.
- Mentions and pieces elsewhere.
- Talking: ‘Why I Read: The Profound Pleasure of Literature’
- Favourite second-hand bookshop: Peter Ellis
- Favourite bookshop: London Review Bookshop.
- Favourite literary magazine: Music & Literature.
- Favourite publisher: Seagull Books.
This blog isn’t intended to be a monologue. I cannot hope to give a sufficiently nice accounting of my overwhelming debt to all those who have taken the time to comment, to clarify issues and teach me to see what they saw, or sharpened my discrimination by proposing opinions, as well as those kind enough to say nice things. This blog is an attempt at conversation so please jump in.
Please don’t ask. I don’t like the self-imposed pressure of receiving books from publishers or writers. I admire any writer capable of getting a book published and wish them every success.