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 Big Over Easy  - Jasper Fforde Readable, and I enjoyed the cleverness of some of the gags, though others were rather trite. As far as the overall effect of the humour went I found that sometimes the rapidity of the comedy - one gag upon the other upon the other - started to build up a kind of choking effect, a little like an old Leslie Nielsen movie, I never really cared much about the characters and I seemed to care less and less about the plot the further I went along. I can appreciate the craftsmanship, but the parody ended up just way to thick - unlike in Hitchhikers or Red Dwarf or Pratchett, where I can get invovled in the story as well.

Currently reading

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