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Long live the short story

Canadian author Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature, and for me it is a delight to see a short story writer acknowledged in this way. I am not so familiar with Munro’s work, but enough to know that the prize is well-deserved. I have long been fascinated by short stories, and […]

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Religion – it’s either true or it isn’t

What is wrong with this statement? “These new atheists remain incapable of getting beyond the question, ‘Is it true?’ They assume that by ‘true’ we agree them to mean ‘literally true’. They also assume that if the answer is ‘no’, then that closes everything. But it does not. Just because something is not literally true […]

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Logos, mythos and the endless struggle for sleep

My daily journey to the land of nod is seldom an easy one, and it invariably takes a while after laying in my pit before I finally fall asleep. But during that time I occasionally get to listen to some interesting radio broadcasts before the electronic timer kicks in and the wireless switches off automatically. […]

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Why we love a good yarn

As a rule I don’t read the magazine Scientific American, but there is an interesting article by Jeremy Hsu in the latest issue on the pervasiveness of storytelling in what has become a very facts-oriented world whose inhabitants appear to have ever-decreasing attention spans. Storytelling interests me greatly – both reading and listening to tales, […]

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Fictional realities and the function of myth

This business about scientific naturalism, religion, alternative realities, and the mythical and poetic imagination, discussed here and here in reaction to an article by physicist Lawrence Krauss in New Scientist, continues to occupy my attention. I am not qualified to address the issues with the depth and eloquence of English scholar Anja Müller-Wood. Instead I […]

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Fiction is good for you

Following my critique of Lawrence Krauss’ scientistic views on the mythical imagination, Mainz University literature scholar Anja Müller-Wood discusses the value of storytelling in terms of evolutionary psychology. And if that’s not enough, in this week’s New Scientist is a short article by Toronto University cognitive psychologist Keith Oatley on the benefits to the individual […]

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Joy come to our jolly wassail! (Twelfth Night at Bankside, 2008)

I’m told it was a record turnout this year for the Twelfth Night celebrations at Bankside, London. Maybe this was down to Internet publicity, which was extensive. I had a few hundred hits on this blog from Londoners googling for details of Twelfth Night events. I turned up 10 minutes late owing to train delays […]

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Twelfth Night 2008 on Bankside

Source: the Lions part It’s not over til it’s over, they say. And in the case of Christmas it’s not over until Twelfth Night (Sunday 6 January). For those in London, what better way to round up* the Midwinter celebrations than the Twelfth Night events organised and performed by the players of the Lions part theatre, […]

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Blackheath Morris Boxing Day Tour 2007

Christmas Day was a bit of a washout for residents of southern England, but on Boxing Day (St Stephen’s to non-Brits) the sun showed its face, and the air was crisp and clear. An excellent day for Morris dancing, as the Blackheath Morris side went on its traditional Boxing Day tour. Three pubs were visited: the […]

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English traditional music’s new wave

Over at Harry’s Place is a post by David Tate featuring a few videos of the acclaimed fiddle, voice, diatonic accordion and anglo-concertina duo Spiers & Boden, seen here playing the Cheshire Waltz: It’s highly unusual for such cultural delights to be discussed at Harry’s Gaff, which is normally given over to weighty political matters. […]

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