A Cruel Man Delighting in Flowers

...the mildness to which men ... had yielded was only half of the intoxication of beauty, while the other half ... was of such surpassing and terrible cruelty—the most cruel of men delights himself with a flower—that beauty ... failed quickly of its effect... 

Hermann BrochThe Death of Virgil

 

Jeremy Davies is made of ink, but don’t dip a feather in him. It tickles. He once painted a fingernail black and no one really noticed. He was disappointed. He’s also an editor, a religious atheist, a liker of strong coffees, a Shakespeare-lover, a political anarchist and someone who rarely has a pen when he needs one. He has been a PhD candidate, a personal trainer, a life model, a bouncer, an infantry soldier and someone who rarely had a pen when he needed one. He has had words published in a variety of places, in a variety of publications, in a variety of forms, in a variety of moments: Canada, Wet Ink, SMS and twelve minutes past three in the afternoon being some of these. His first novel, 'Missing Presumed Undead', will be re-published by Satalyte Publishing in February 2014. A second is on its way.

The City & the City - China Miéville Mieville continues to defy and challenge notions of genre along with the way in which creative writing, story-telling and critical practice interact with each other. I am not a fan of crime ifciton generally, and this could be seen as a crime novel on the surface, but, as with 'Perdido Street Station', Mieville manages to do so much, using thick angry literary elbows to nudge out expectations. As with 'Perdido...', the idea of 'seeing' is pivitol. How we see/percieve things and how those things are socially developed and naturalised. It is a thrill to watch him delelop this work toward its conclusion in a range of ways, both as a reader and a writer. Of particular note is the way in which he manages to draw you in to this extraordinary landscape through gently developing the ordinariness of the city (and the city...) in which his characters so wetly roam.

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Lyrical and Critical Essays
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The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages
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The Rebel (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
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