Monthly Archives: September 2011

An Evening at the Opéra de Paris

     The greatest pleasure of living in Paris, in my view, is not having every shop I could possibly wish for within reach of only a few metro stops, or taking a Sunday stroll in the Tuileries or along the … Continue reading

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Andrew Marvell and The Serpent’s Kiss

     A few days ago I watched “The Serpent’s Kiss”, a 1997 film directed by Philippe Rousselot. A story about the creation of a seventeenth-century garden could not fail to be appealing to me. The cast, too, seemed very promising: a … Continue reading

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Creating a Character Bible

     Yesterday, my brother took the train down to the south-west for a few weeks’ well-earned holiday, leaving me to the pleasures of uninterrupted solitude. No slur intended upon my brother, but I always find the day of his departure … Continue reading

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The Children’s Book, by A. S. Byatt (2010)

          June 1895. In the lantern-strung garden of Todefright, the Wellwoods’ Kentish home, guests gather for authoress Olive Wellwood’s annual Midsummer’s Party. Among them are Major Prosper Cain, a curator of what will one day become the Victoria and … Continue reading

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Back to School Reading List

     The summer holidays are over and I am back in Paris, where there is an autumnal chill in the air. I had my first batch of beginning-of-term meetings yesterday and met some of my new students. Despite the early … Continue reading

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Of Herbs and Faeries, by Jacquie Eastlake (1984)

     Today I came across three slim books in my mother’s boudoir, entitled Of Herbs and Faeries, Of Love and Faeries, and Of Thoughts and Faeries, by Jacquie Eastlake. They used to stand on the top shelf of one of … Continue reading

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