"Your Cat. My Socks." – a rather excellent post about the art of conversation. http://instapaper.com/zJ0u0yv1b

“Your Cat. My Socks.” – a rather excellent post about the art of conversation. http://instapaper.com/zJ0u0yv1b

“Why do you take pictures of buildings?” Spent most…

“Why do you take pictures of buildings?”

Spent most of yesterday at a wedding (and no, I’m not a wedding photographer). My sister ribbed me for taking pictures of buildings. In other words, pictures of abstract things, pictures that don’t alwa…

Back to Brick Lane. I got 5 rolls of B&W (Ilford 400) back…

Back to Brick Lane. I got 5 rolls of B&W (Ilford 400) back from processing yesterday, and it looks like I need to “think different” when my camera’s not loaded with colour. 
In other news, I’ve finally fixed my Powerbook G4, and it looks like …

"There is no royal path to good writing; and such paths as do exist do not lead through neat critical…"

“There is no royal path to good writing; and such paths as do exist do not lead through neat critical gardens, but through the jungles of self, the world, and of craft.” – Jessamyn West

Back in the house. Got the old Powerbook G4 up and running last night, DIY. Weekend off for family stuff, then much catching up to do…

Back in the house. Got the old Powerbook G4 up and running last night, DIY. Weekend off for family stuff, then much catching up to do…

The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window

"Any text can teach you to read, and any topic can teach you to write. Only literature can teach you…"

“Any text can teach you to read, and any topic can teach you to write. Only literature can teach you why to read, and why to write. Science can measure how well you hear and see. But visual and performing arts teach us why these senses matter. Do not…

Exmouth Market

Exmouth Market

I generally avoid the Facebook list challenges, but this one came from one of my students, and she…

I generally avoid the Facebook list challenges, but this one came from one of my students, and she mentioned me in her list, so it’s only polite to follow through. The challenge:

“Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets in…

Barbican Poets: don’t just fail. Fail fully. Otherwise, you don’t learn the full lesson (i.e. don’t give up on a draft – get to the end.)

Barbican Poets: don’t just fail. Fail fully. Otherwise, you don’t learn the full lesson (i.e. don’t give up on a draft – get to the end.)

Two stops trapped in someone’s smelly armpit to get to class – less than pleasant. Glad it wasn’t longer… #fortheloveof #teaching #poetry

Two stops trapped in someone’s smelly armpit to get to class – less than pleasant. Glad it wasn’t longer… #fortheloveof #teaching #poetry

Pear Tree Court

Pear Tree Court

Change (Erin Hanson) Dear 2010,  In many ways, you’ve…

Change (Erin Hanson)

Dear 2010, 

In many ways, you’ve been a beast of a year (and I’m not going to go into the many deaths and losses here) but I have to say, you’ve taught me a lot. Through you, I’ve been forced to confront the way I do thi…

"I’m keenly aware of the Principle of Priority, which states (a) you must know the difference…"

“I’m keenly aware of the Principle of Priority, which states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what’s important first.” – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

Via @GOOD: Balancing work with preferred work (nice reading for the teachers out there…) http://su.pr/AZ73rY

Via @GOOD: Balancing work with preferred work (nice reading for the teachers out there…) http://su.pr/AZ73rY

Wow. A couple of my old Roundhouse poets turn 20 this year. Has it really been that long?#imnotthatoldreally #stoptheclock

Wow. A couple of my old Roundhouse poets turn 20 this year. Has it really been that long?#imnotthatoldreally #stoptheclock

Anyone else notice a bug in iCal on the iPad now the clocks have gone back (in the UK)? My time indicator’s an hour out. Roll on iOS 4…

Anyone else notice a bug in iCal on the iPad now the clocks have gone back (in the UK)? My time indicator’s an hour out. Roll on iOS 4…

"Every day, you can dress for a party, and the party will come to you" – Steve Edge

“Every day, you can dress for a party, and the party will come to you” – Steve Edge

I’ve been forbidden from posting any more Carnival photos…

I’ve been forbidden from posting any more Carnival photos – saving the rest for a future exhibition. So back to Brick Lane for a bit…

The Future of the Book. (by IDEO) I know I’m a bit behind…

The Future of the Book. (by IDEO)
I know I’m a bit behind the curve on this one, but HOLY BIBLIOGASMIC EXPERIENCE, BATMAN!
The best was definitely saved until last – Alice could totally rock my reading world. William Gibson was the first author that …