Long read: Drowned Books

At the end of my as-yet unpublished novel The Green Man there is a sort scene that echoes one of Prospero’s final lines from The Tempest, “I’ll drown my book.” Prospero (and the character from TGM) realises that investigative rationality (symbolised by his book), and the ability to control aspects of the world with theContinue reading “Long read: Drowned Books”

Long Read: The Parable Of Nehushtan, The Bronze Snake

A lot of the background research research for The Green Man has involved reading The Bible. That’s perhaps unsurprising given that the story is about a group of Benedictine, Franciscan and Dominican monks from the 14th century. One of the Biblical stories that I ended up using as a reference point in TGM is generallyContinue reading “Long Read: The Parable Of Nehushtan, The Bronze Snake”

Long read: Another Brick In The Dead-Wall: Pink Floyd and Melville’s ‘Bartleby’

Before the completion of Moby Dick in 1851, Melville suffered the traditional artists’ existential crisis: a lack of money coupled with being pulled this way and that by competing interests. Most of us who’ve chosen to pursue some degree of success in the arts have felt that Real Life frequently gets in the way. MelvilleContinue reading “Long read: Another Brick In The Dead-Wall: Pink Floyd and Melville’s ‘Bartleby’”