Saturday, 29 June 2013

mst, academic year turns, peony, a girl is a half-formed thing by eimear mcbride, bobby "blue" bland, nook

Great to see the MSt students at the Guided Retreat earlier in the week and to hear the readings at the showcase.

The academic year turns and other courses are coming to an end (lots of marking). Soon there will be the summer schools.

At the libraries the reading rooms are so much quieter since the undergraduates and taught master's students left. A brief lull, though, because soon the summer researchers will be here--some are already.

Meanwhile, our peony (a Sarah Bernhardt) is in flower. Glorious to look at; glorious fragrance!

I'm really pleased to have received my signed copy of A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride, which I ordered from the publishers' website (Galley Beggar Press). The review of the book in the TLS made it sound unmissable (despite the 'Gob impressive' headline). Looking forward to reading this.

About to download Two Steps from the Blues (original LP, Hoogan Records 1961) by Bobby "Blue" Bland, who died this week, aged 83 (see Guardian obituary).

Contemplating buying a Nook e-reader.

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