When I started journaling ten years ago, I hoped it would be a window to the soul. The world has changed since then, but I’m not too sure that I’ve changed with it. … More One out of Ten
Part of the reason I’ve written so little here this year is because I’m being read by the people around me. That’s quite unusual. … More Proximity
It feels like the final chapter of my thesis, on Andrew Marvell’s ‘Poetics of Privacy’, has been a traumatic experience. Not simply because writing by day and by night on different subjects is gruelling, but because the private internal negotiations that Marvell constantly faced and the impossibility of choice he so often found himself with leave a man permanently trapped in a life that offers so little solace and almost nothing except a desperate rush towards the end. … More Broken Dreams
Drop a copywriter into the world of SEO and hack journalism and watch him fight to stay afloat. … More Ugly Business
Regular users of social media networks will no doubt have noticed – if their friends lists are anything like mine – that politics is again becoming a very public sport. Yesterday, a referendum was held on whether to adopt the ‘Alternative Vote’ system, turning social networking sites into moral and ideological crusades. … More A Vote of No: Social Media and Sacrifices
Learning some useful lessons about how titles and relevance can boost blogging. … More What’s in a title? Can more be made out of the same?
It is a great shame that it is so difficult to make personal experience count in professional or academic writing. The first time I attempted genuine research was looking at Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray through the lens of dysmorphophobia, or body dysmorphic disorder. Of course, it wasn’t random reading of somatoform disorder textbooks that brought this match to my attention, but personal experience. … More A Green Thought: Private Minds
Andrew Marvell’s ‘Horatian Ode’ provides a fascinating story in the aftermath of one of the most ‘climacteric’ episodes in English history. What if it was a private poem, and not written for circulation? … More Measuring Privacy: An Horatian Ode
It has taken me around three years to write 50,000 words towards my doctoral thesis. Thanks to a November fad, NaNoWriMo, aspiring writers will be soon be achieving that in just weeks. … More Private Pursuits: The Difficulty of Writing
I recently completed my first assignment as a freelance copywriter. As happy coincidences go, the same day saw a long overdue catch-up with expert of the trade, London based copywriter, Al Allday.