Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mutterings - Jan 22

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Fatty :: Lumpkin (Lord of the Rings - I had to look it up though - one of Tom Bombadil's ponies)
  2. Injection :: Steroid
  3. Fearless :: Brave
  4. Overflow :: Saucer (Porgy and Bess)
  5. Contract :: Software (anyone want to employ me?)
  6. Steal :: Cheat
  7. Heartless :: Fraud
  8. Flap :: Wings
  9. Baseline :: Hypotenuse
  10. Merger :: Financial

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mutterings - Jan 15

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Tripple :: 20 (do the Americans spell triple like that, don't they do removal of surplus letters
  2. Ownership :: Deed
  3. Promising :: Beginning
  4. Bonding :: Brotherhood (and blood, Gotterdammerung act 2!)
  5. Flurry :: Snow
  6. Weather:: Sattelite (or balloon)
  7. Conclusion :: Full stop
  8. Scolding :: Bridle (I guess mediaeval torture implements to keep women 'in their place')
  9. Nipple :: Breast
  10. Freezing :: Thermometer (or icicle)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Wall

Last week Silk Screen showed Julian Polster's The Wall

A film of the novel by Marlen Haushofer from the 1960's and a study of nature and our relationship to it. A wonderful performance by Martina Gedeck ('The Lives of Others'). Nature photography, the animals, the mountains, solitude and focus. There were echoes for me of Winterreise - the crow combining that song and der greise kopf it's a white crow. A solitary tramping though a wilderness. Was the novel written with the Berlin Wall in mind?

The Interrogation

But the financiers will ask
In that day: Is it not better
To leave broken bank balances
Behind than broken heads?

And Christ recognizing the
New warriors will feel breaching
His healed side their terrible
Pencil and the haemorrhage of its figures.

R S Thomas

I'm talking about Thomas in a prayer group tomorrow and this poem seems apposite for the week.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mutterings - Feb 8

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Tripple :: Metre (or maybe fall!)
  2. Rationing :: Book (I had one when I was young!)
  3. Wrong :: Right
  4. Mother :: Home
  5. Lotion :: Calamine
  6. Hesitate :: Lost
  7. Home :: -ward bound
  8. Stumble :: Limp
  9. Procedure :: Function
  10. Faithless :: Friend
A little late....

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Teaser Tuesday - Feb 3

Teaser Tuesday

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
Genuinestarts of the Cirque d'Hiver," Jenny marvels. "How high up was your trapeze hung?"
from Emma Donoghue's Frog Music. A tale of (ex-)circus folk and a seller of frogs legs in San Francisco in the 19th century. Early days but I'm rather enjoying this! Based on a true story - rather like the woman who gave birth to rabbits and Astray also by Donoghue - both of which I've recently read but rather than a short story this is a full novel, will see if it sustains interest in a longer read.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Mutterings - Feb 1

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Greatness :: Stature
  2. Struggling :: Mess
  3. Noise :: Barrier (probably via noise -> sound
  4. Doorway :: Lilacs (I see it's dooryard
  5. Soap :: Soft
  6. Cancer :: Crab
  7. Sipping :: Tea
  8. Stacks :: Book
  9. Perfect :: Tense
  10. Test :: Written