Tagged: language

Review: Fates and Furies

He longed for something wordless and potent: what? To wear her. He imagined living in her warmth forever.” – Lauren Groff Every now and again you get a book that is so delicious, you almost wish you could eat the words in it. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff is such...

Bees, please

A few weekends ago we did a beekeeping excursion with Albertus (aka Farmer Redbeard) near Ashton (Western Cape). An experience like that is a wonderful way to hone all one’s senses. Garbed in our beekeeping gear, our jeans tucked in our socks and our hands protected with thick rubber gloves,...

Therapeutic literature

If I write something, I fear it will happen, and if I love too much, I fear I will lose that person; nevertheless, I cannot stop writing or loving…” Isabel Allende, Paula When my grandmother was dying, I spoke to her from a pay phone somewhere along the Australian coast,...

Wild settings and how to create them

I’m currently listening on Audible to a book called Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets. It is told from the perspectives of two characters Pru Hathaway and Amy Ray Latour and the novel is set in the Colorado Wilderness. Amy Ray disappears while going on an elk hunt on her...

Wednesday Quote

I’ve just finished Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger. It is rather an angry book, but with lots to amuse you – especially if you’ve travelled to India as I have. The whole concept of the “chicken coop” in the book is really fascinating – how nobody can rise in society...

Words for the week

When we were travelling to Zagreb we missed the terrorist attacks in Ataturk Airport in Istanbul by three days. Now another act of violence in Nice. Why can’t people “just” use words rather than bloodshed?

Laying down some truths

Yesterday a song came on the radio. No idea what it was called since I was too fixated on the constant repetition of “lay down with me”. I can’t help it. Grammatical errors like this on live radio really grate on my nerves. How difficult would it be to say...