Sanmao on Not Writing

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Next week I’m going on a short holiday, and taking a break from all the writing I’ve been doing of late (various articles and book chapters in the works). So it is timely that I came across the following little quote today from Taiwanese writer Sanmao (三毛) in her wonderful travelogue and memoir, “Stories of the Sahara” (撒哈拉的故事), a quote …

Lucretius, Liu Xie 劉勰, and Literature

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Those visitors who are interested in comparative approaches to creativity may be interested in the paper that I have just had published over in the excellent Taiwanese journal, NTU studies in Language and Literature. The paper is about different models of literary creativity in Liu Xie’s early 6th century Wenxin Diaolong (文心雕龍) and Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura. I’ve long been frustrated by …

Creativity, Writing, Atoms and Carving Dragons

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This is almost certainly something of a minority interest, but if you are interested, I’ve had a paper published in the excellent Taiwanese journal, NTU Studies in Language and Literature on Liu Xie (劉勰), Lucretius and different models of literary creativity. This is part of a bigger project, looking at Liu’s “The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons” or Wenxin …

Thoughts on Illness

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Some time back in November last year, things were looking pretty exciting. I had been offered a university job in Hong Kong, my partner Elee was well on the way to finishing her PhD, and we were looking forward to a change of scenery. Having been teaching in higher education in the UK for about six years or so, I …