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A long way to travel

How happy these lads must have been when they were really miserable; they said to themselves: ‘What a bit of luck! A good line will be born!’

Jean-Paul Satre, Words

Writers are lucky because there is almost nothing that can’t be turned into a good story.  Very little remains unexamined, it all provides grist to the mill.

In that vein, I have written a short story for the ABC Tales competition, Let’s Start Again.

While my good friend, the 3 eyed boy, recounts:

One really great day; a day filled with the anxious thrill and aching

And there is a more scientific discussion of the whole phenomenon here, which concludes:

No doubt, trapeze artists must have complicated and compelling love lives

I would add writers too, even if the only trapeze ropes they swing from are metaphorical.  I hope you enjoy the results of our falling and leaping.

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‘…even crack dens glow…’

This is beautiful, just beautiful:

Last month I installed new bookshelves in a room in my house. They’re black, and my painter offered the unsolicited opinion that they might look depressing when completed. I knew he was wrong because, at the very least, the paperback shelf couldn’t help but have a cheerful orange zing a zing that comes from the Penguin spine, the most wonderfully insidious default interior design statement in our culture. Even crack dens glow with Penguins on the shelf

Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland’s Penguin Anniversary Project, Speaking to the Past, is available on Flickr here.

I have been collecting old Penguins for a while now, mostly because I want to read them, but also because of how god-damn gorgeous they look when you have a shelf full of the beautiful things.  Sadly, they are all boxed up now, but one day they will be taken out to glow again.  And now, thanks to Mr Coupland, I know that I will never be content until I have black shelves to keep them on.
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