It’s after midnight, the small hours of a new day, the birthday of Dylan Thomas (October 27, 1914 – November 9, 1953). Since he was born on this day, I am reading his poem, In My Craft or Sullen Art. [Read more…] about Reading Dylan Thomas on his birthday
Ah, the “sensual strut” of Dylan Thomas! I can’t forget those words of his.
I couldn’t recall the poem where he wrote those words, so I searched Google and found it. It’s not one of his best known poems, but those two words from it – “sensual strut” – sum up the appeal of Dylan Thomas, at least to me. [Read more…] about The sensual strut of Dylan Thomas
Reading about the first newspaper in India reminded me of Aveek Sarkar, the colourful newspaper proprietor.
He is also based in the same city, Calcutta (now called Kolkata), where the Irishman James Augustus Hicky launched the Bengal Gazette or the Original Calcutta General Advertiser in 1780. [Read more…] about Hicky and Aveek Sarkar, Hastings and Mamata Banerjee
John Le Carre once said,” ‘The cat sat on the mat’ is not the beginning of a story, but ‘the cat sat on the dog’s mat’ is.” He knows how to hook a reader. Yesterday, on his 85th birthday, I opened his very first book, Call for the Dead, published 55 years ago, in 1961. The story begins: [Read more…] about John Le Carre: The cat sat on the dog’s mat
It’s sad that Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) will cut up to 410 jobs from its 4,182 strong workforce. SPH is still making hundreds of millions of dollars in profits but not as much as it used to. Its net profits have dropped below $300 million for the first time in more than a decade. [Read more…] about Singapore Press Holdings job cuts after lowest profits in years
Reading a book of poems can be such a pleasure. There’s the thrill of discovering a poem that absolutely bowls you over, the pleasure of re-reading an old favourite and learning something about the life of the poet or poets whose poetry fills the book. I derived all three pleasures from Life Saving: Why We Need Poetry, Introductions to Great Poets by Josephine Hart. [Read more…] about Life Saving: Why We Need Poetry