Myanmar

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Those who follow my other blog WaywardPhilosophy.com will already know that I am currently in Myanmar, where I’m spending several months teaching a course on global cultures as a part of an exciting new initiative. Whilst I’m away, I’ll be posting more essay-like updates about life in Yangon and beyond over on WaywardPhilosophy, and continuing to use this blog for …

A Couple of Book Chapters

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Just a quick update to announce the recent publication of two new books to which I’ve contributed chapters. The first is Catalin Partenie’s In Fiction We Trust. My contribution to this one is called “Lies in Which Not Everything is False: Levinas, Philosophy and Fiction”. However — and here I must offer my apologies to English-speaking readers — this one is …

On Pakistan, Bicycles and Religious Experiences: Unmapped Magazine

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I’m delighted to have another article in the most recent edition of the truly wonderful Unmapped magazine. Unmapped, for those of you who haven’t come across it, is a magazine for travel writing from all those hidden places that are off the map (whatever this map might be). The piece is called The Domed Heaven, the Domed Earth, and is …

Произходът на лирата

The sound of the world running its course

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A quick post this, as I’m fairly busy tying up loose ends and getting ready to head over to Bulgaria. But I thought that I should just pause to share a  beautiful image tweeted today by Enthusiast, my Bulgarian publisher, with the translation of the final sentence of The Descent of the Lyre. I love those birds on the power-line. …

Historical Novel Society: Review of the Descent of the Lyre

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I was delighted to see that [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link] has just received an excellent review from the Historical Novel Society. Here’s a brief extract: Do not mistake this for a mere retelling. This is masterful storytelling, such that one cannot help but sense the ancient thrum, the pulse quickening, and deep down the feeling …

The Dark Arts

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This morning I have been preoccupied with two things: firstly, baking bread (having made myself a frisky little sourdough starter); and secondly working on the final edits of my Yijing (易經) book. This has involved shuttling between the kitchen and my desk, as I attend to the both creations. Anyway, as I was looking after the loaf in the kitchen, …

Blogging Changes

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I’ve been making various small changes to this website, as I’ve decided that I am going to convert this into my primary blog site. What this means is that I’ll no longer be blogging over on my other site, The Myriad Things. The point of The Myriad Things has always been that it should just be “stuff I’m thinking about” …

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 …

The Appendix

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If you haven’t yet come across The Appendix, which is a new journal of narrative and experimental history, then head on over to their website to subscribe. They’ve got a fantastic range of content, and it’s a beautifully conceived and produced piece of work. The July 2013 issue includes some extracts from [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of …