Monthly Archives: July 2018


Appendices to The Step is the Foot.  (plus “Corrections” at the foot of this post) Appendix 1 The Pendulum Plot of Philoctetes by Sophocles Appendix 2 Outback Research Trip Appendix 3: TRANSLATION: A QUERY Appendix 4: Developing the madrigal Appendix 5: … Continue reading

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Anthony Howell and his Disenchanted Sow

Anthony Howell and his Disenchanted Sow   They do say never wrestle with a pig, you both get filthy. So, instead, strip naked on a busy Belfast street, assume the crouch of a submissive mate – porcine-cubic, promising – to … Continue reading

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Penda’s Fen

  Just watched David Rudkin/Alan Clarke’s film Penda’s Fen. Bizarre, terrifying masterpiece. Thankyou Caroline Ffrench Blake for lending me the DVD.   Set in the Cotswold Hills.

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In Defence of Obscenity

Interesting post here In Defense of Obscenity

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Shame and Shamelessness

My lecture on Freud, Gide and Immoralism  now published by the Fortnightly Review. First given at the 2018 Conference on Poetry and Psychoanalysis.  Thanks to Catherine Humble, Susy Lansman and Kathryn Maris for organising this brilliant event.

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