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to be provocative or just being honest that u cannot stand an author

8 Sep

london 5.35am 13.3C monday 2015

jonathon jones saying terry pratchett novels are lightweight and not Literature, with a capital L.  and then admit he never read that author at all and hence got his prejudice against the author and his books  all from disliking the hype that the publicists use to talk of the books or from reading what others praise about the books and disliking the way they praise it. this is dislike by hearsay. it is very easy to do that… be prejudiced about an author just because others praise it so much. but very provocative of him to lambast terry pratchet on that basis and not acknowledge that it is his prejudice speaking. if he had done so, we can understand, because we have all been there. but not acknowledging his prejudice, i cant see how anyone can take him seriously from now on.

a very good article which talks of this as well as why we derive great pleasure in not reading certain books or authors is this one in the parisreview. i have not heard of this publication until i found them when i was searching for more info on Michel Houellebecq. they are really a very good publication for which i have bookmarked them.

in it he says he wont be reading Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See.

the first two i agree with, i will not be reading them too.

the last one, i forgot what it was and found a review of it. about the war, a subject that i never did like reading about. and after reading the review and comments about his style, 

Unfortunately, Doerr’s prose style is high-pitched, operatic, relentless. Short sharp sentences, echoing the static of the radios, make the first hundred pages very tiresome to read, as does the American idiom. Somehow it is strange to listen to the thoughts of Marie-Laure and Werner and the many other characters, both German and French, give forth such Yankee utterances as “Werner … you shouldn’t think big.” Sidewalks, apartment houses, the use of “sure” instead of “yes’ – all these cut across the historical background that Doerr has so meticulously researched. No noun sits upon the page without the decoration of at least one adjective, and sometimes, alas, with two or three. And these adjectives far too often are of the glimmering, glowing, pellucid variety. Eyes are wounded, nights are luminous and starlit, seagulls are alabaster. “Fields enwombed with hedges” is almost the last straw. And so the novel is far too long.

makes me even less inclined to read it. 

lazy sunday in london

10 Mar


I took the bus to the charing cross library today. This being Sunday, I know the library will be opened all day. It caters to the Chinese , and they have their day off on Sunday and come to Chinatown to socialise and shop.

There was a huge amount of Chinese books spread-out in the library for them to borrow. A long table in the centre of the space full of books. I have never seen so many Chinese books in one place.

I don’t read Chinese or mandarin, so cannot take advantage of it. Though I have to say there is so much variety and good writing in English, I don’t miss not knowing how to read Chinese.

I borrowed terry pratchett’s ‘dodger’. it is a new book, published in 2012. don’t know why they put it in the children’s section.

I do like his books. They are easy to read and he is witty.

Then I went to Leicester square to eat my packed lunch. It is  stir fried Chinese vermicelli with egg. And sat on one of the benches in the square looking at the mirrored boards that covered and hid the central fountain containing the Shakespeare statue. They are renovating it.

There were quotes from Shakespeare’s plays on the boards. The ones I could read where I was sitting were…

‘If music be the food of love, play on’
‘what is in a name, a rose by any other name will smell just as sweet’

Then I went to Chinatown, and bought a reduced Chinese chives from loon moon for £1. They are useful as they have a distinctive flavour that is not possible to replicate with a substitute equivalent. I freeze them. And hope simon do not use them to cook as he does not really know how to use them. Their flavour is so delicate, it can get swamped in western cooking.

I also bought shrimp paste, 454mg for £2.95. 80%shrimps the rest is salt. It lasts me about 4months, the previous one I bought was in november. They are similar to the Malaysian belachan. I find they give a nice flavour to the dishes. This particular brand do not use so much water so that the paste is a dry one.

I small teaspoonful is enough. I use it in stir fry, and in place of the stock cubes. They do give out quite a pungent odour when stir fried. But it is a small price to pay for the lovely flavour they impart to the foods.

I used to cook with dried anchovies, but they got so expensive that I stopped buying them. As for dried shrimps they have become difficult to get now or their price has gone sky high.

To think that those two items were so cheap in Malaysia. Not sure if they are still cheap there now.

I bought 50p worth of bean sprouts too.

Thus I spent my morning.

It is quite cold now, outside, there was at one time a small flurry of snow… very tiny flakes. But wrapped up with a scarf and beanie, and layered clothing, and gloves, it is quite pleasant.

Indoors in my flat it is hovering between 15C and 12C.

Very pleasant actually.

I have been spending the time after I came back home on the internet. The internet is a lovely invention, u can roam the world on it.