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On the Delicate Balance of Alchemy and Enchantment
In any artistic endeavour, there may, perhaps, be said to be two elements: the enchantment — that which draws in and delights the viewer, the listener, the taster, or the reader — and the alchemy — that element of the writing which transcends daily experience, and leaves an indelible mark upon them, whether it be by raising questions not before considered, bestowing new knowledge, or many other methods, expounding upon which could go on interminably. To produce a work of enduring appeal, one must, I believe, have a harmony of alchemy and enchantment: to neglect the one produces a work that is forgettable, to neglect the other one that is opaque and inaccessible. It strikes me that the opposing extremes are at once visible: what might be termed “popular rubbish”, such as the majority of Harlequin romances and their ilk, and both the critically-reviled Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey, is wholly enchantment: it draws its audience in, provides
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The Ortolan
One of the stranger tales I have heard is that told me by a certain Tonio Bertelotti, some ten years ago, on my first trip to the Isle of Cyprus.
“You wouldn’t believe what those Frenchies eat,” he said. “Some of them catch little birds -- they aren’t even pretty, or good singers -- drown them in wine, and eat them head-first.”
I did not, at first, believe him, but, while I was on a trip to a certain library, I discovered, by chance, a book with a recipe for ortolans; I did not, then, know what an ortolan was, but, when I searched further, I discovered that it was the very bird. I was bemused by the discovery -- I had never known people to eat little birds like that -- but should soon have forgotten it were it not for an odd passage at the end of the entry on the bird.
“It is said that the ortolan, though nor its plumage nor its song are of especial beauty, sings a melody of exquisite plaintiveness when it is trapped in the dark, for it
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Some Reflections on Dystopia
Dystopias — that is, states of society which are either exceedingly unpleasant, or which represent horribly corrupted descendants of something once more utopian — are quite frequent in fiction, and have appeared quite frequently over the past half-century or so. Perhaps the best known literary example is Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, whence words such as “doublethink”, “groupthink”, and the infamous phrase “Big Brother is watching you”; this, alongside Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, are frequent study media, and all, to an extent, do ring true today, though they have also become somewhat dated, as none of these authors predicted the advent of the Internet, which has made the flow of information far harder (though by no means impossible) to control. Orwell’s is, perhaps, the least-likely vision, at least for the modern West, at the present time, and, perhaps a
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Some Reflections on Genre and Literature
Though I have, for the moment, decided not to pursue it as a career, I am, by formal training, a literary scholar. During the course of my education, I noticed that, by the middle of the Twentieth Century, much of what was heralded as “great literature” was neither technically skilful, nor particularly enjoyable to read. Much great fantasy and science fiction is passed over as matter for children rather than for serious study, and, though I have seen some change, I believe that these yet remain underappreciated, or at least highly selectively appreciated.
To begin, let us note that most forms of mythology, religious writings, and other early works, which often show the interventions of gods or other supernatural forces, have an undisputed place in the literary canon; this is, of course, wholly sensible, for they are among the earliest extant works of the human imagination. Were they written today, there is no doubt, however, that the epics of Beowulf and Gi
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Fragment: From the Way by Swann's
An excerpt, translated from the French Du Côté de Chez Swann, Marcel Proust, 1913
For a long time, I went to bed early. Sometimes, my candle scarcely extinguished, my eyes shut so quickly that I had no time to say to myself, "I am falling asleep." And then, a half hour later, the inkling that it was time to seek my slumber would waken me; I would try to set the volume that I imagined still within my hands and put out my light; I had not have stopped thinking over what I had just read while I slept, but my reflections had taken a rather odd turn; it appeared to me that I was, myself, the subject of my reading: a church, a quartet, the rivalry between Francis the First and Charles the Fifth. This impression lasted several seconds after I awoke; it was not repugnant to my reason, but hung heavy over my eyes and stopped them from seeing that the candle was no longer lighted. Then it would begin to grow apparent to me, as after the transmigration of the recollections of a p
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A place to deposit things that hopefully look professional as I pursue writing a novel I can truly love... Alas, I am too well aware of how publishing works to put too much of significance here, but fragments and inklings may well make this their home.

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Thank you very much for the watch! ^-^
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Thanks for the watch!
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Thanks for the fav and watch! :icongrin--plz:
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Thanks for the watch o/ =D 
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Oh, you're welcome...

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