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  • peter shared from Prison Noir (Akashic Noir) by Joyce Carol Oates
    It wasn’t always a “pleasure” to read this frequently raw, crude, and disturbing material, but it was definitely an engaging and illuminating experience; there are a number of stories here which I’ve reread several times, as if mesmerized, and one or two which I still don’t quite fully fathom, in the way that we are drawn to meditate upon highly subjective, introspective works of prose and poetry that don’t yield their meanings easily.
    Note: This could be an interesting read.
  • peter shared from The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother, and Me by Sofka Zinovieff
    When David Jr was born, the infant was visited by stars such as Laurence Olivier, John Mills and Noël Coward, who as godfather gave him a silver cocktail shaker inscribed ‘Because, my Godson dear, I rather / Think you’ll turn out like your father.’
    Note: Much better than bringing a onesie to a baby shower.
  • peter shared from The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother, and Me by Sofka Zinovieff
    Gerry conceded the final section to something fancier, adding a pinnacled, crown-like viewing platform at the 140-foot summit and, below that, an airy belvedere room with arched windows. Gerald hoped to have a grand piano up there, but presumably the narrow wooden staircase that snaked up the interior walls prevented that. A notice was put up stating: ‘MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC COMMITTING SUICIDE FROM THIS TOWER DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK.’
    Note: Lord Berner's tower. The sign made me laugh.
  • peter shared from The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother, and Me by Sofka Zinovieff
    It was an inspired day when Gerald decided to help nature along in the decoration department. According to Robert, Gerald read about dyeing doves in a Chinese book. ‘They should have whistles on their wings too, but we never got round to that. We thought up some of the ideas together but I always did them.’124 Colours were acquired and the effect was stunning: turquoise, emerald, ruby and sapphire fantailed pigeons swept over the plain stone town like a bizarre daydream of gems thrown into the air. It was just the sort of alchemy that pleased Gerald: aesthetically surprising; a challenge to...
  • peter shared from The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother, and Me by Sofka Zinovieff
    It was an inspired day when Gerald decided to help nature along in the decoration department. According to Robert, Gerald read about dyeing doves in a Chinese book. ‘They should have whistles on their wings too, but we never got round to that. We thought up some of the ideas together but I always did them.’124 Colours were acquired and the effect was stunning: turquoise, emerald, ruby and sapphire fantailed pigeons swept over the plain stone town like a bizarre daydream of gems thrown into the air. It was just the sort of alchemy that pleased Gerald: aesthetically surprising; a challenge to...