I thought that it would be nice to have a thing where I post some of the stuff that I have been reading/looking at/thinking about. I was thinking that every Monday would be a good time to do this. This will have two functions: it will allow me to write here more often than once a week, and it will give my tireless/shameless trawling of the internet a veneer of legitimacy. Both are very important.
Here are five things, then, that I have been looking at and thinking about this week.
1. THE SMARL aka the finest picture of a dog I’ve ever seen. M has been talking a lot about how she would love to have a dog (a LOT) and we have been discussing some names. The dog in this article is called “Francesca”, which is ridiculous. It’s like calling your dog “Stephen”. https://dalpals.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/the-dalmatian-smile-the-smarl/
2. I’ve been thinking about this since I was about 12 years old. I got tears in my eyes when I started humming it in the car just now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXtFRl1nSs4.
3. This article about the novel, which contains the sentence “In his youth Pasternak looked… ‘like an Arab and his horse’.” I think about this at least once a day http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n18/frances-stonorsaunders/the-writer-and-the-valet