Books & language

This page will be updated on an ongoing basis – it features some of my favourites, as well as stuff I’m currently reading.

Here are some of the local writers/poets/spoken word artists I really dig (some are also visual artists/actors):

And some other writers/poets I really like:

Once again, I renewed my goal to read more in the New Year (a challenging prospect, given that I write and edit for a living and after hours).

2017 reads:

  • The Matisse Stories (short stories by A.S. Byatt)
  • The Princess Diarist (memoir by Carrie Fisher)
  • Salome (play by Oscar Wilde)
  • The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (Alexander McCall Smith)
  • The Cat’s Table (Michael Ondaatje)
  • Finding Your Own North Star (Martha Beck) – in progress

Here’s a great G&M article by Russell Smith, featuring a vid by Stephen Fry, on language. I think it’s bloody brilliant!

Having said that, I do believe that there’s a happy medium – between clarity/correctness and creativity/passion in language – somewhere between Lynne Truss and Stephen Fry.

For info on the origin/meaning of words/phrases, I like The Word Detective:

Saw this in my NOW Magazine horoscope for the week of Nov 24, 2011 (I’m a Gemini, as well as a hopeful romantic): When I see your face, the stones start spinning. Water turns pearly. Fire dies down and doesn’t destroy. In your presence I don’t want what I thought I wanted. – the poet Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks


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