What branches grow out of this stony rubbish?

A chance conversation this morning worried me. It seems that someone had read something on this blog and, knowing something of the contexts I live and work in here in St Andrews, had assumed it was intended as a veiled criticism of a particular person. It wasn’t. In all honesty, it surprised me to discover that folk in the ‘town’ rather than ‘gown’ side of St Andrews might find anything of interest here. This blog is intentionally an academic exploration of ideas – if that’s not obvious enough, check out the regular quotations in Greek and Latin… The ideas that I explore here are suggested by all sorts of contexts and triggers. Almost always, it is the coincidence of three or four conversations or things I’ve...

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‘Unreal city’

This blog went live on the 16th of December, receiving four views, according to the WordPress stats counter. Today, that counter topped 5000. I imagine long-term theobloggers like Andy, Jason and particularly Ben will regard that as pretty paltry, and I am sure that WordPress set it up to maximise the numbers (their business depends on encouraging their bloggers, after all), but it seems a big enough number to make the blog feel worthwhile. Thanks to all who have stopped by or blogged about this blog, and particularly to all who have engaged in debate. Although (looking at the stats) if you were one or more of the 97 visits on Christmas day, you probably should have had something better to do… (Incidentally, if anyone is wondering, all the...

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‘A heap of broken images’?

So, just as soon as I work out why every post is appearing in a different font, I will stop it…

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‘Mixing memory and desire’: by way of introduction

Why a blog? My various computer hard drives have been littered with brief attempts to open up a subject in prose, expounding and beginning to explore a single idea. Over time, I fell into the habit of entitling these files ‘fragment on xxx’—hence, in part, the title of the blog. (That, and all the good titles were taken long ago…) Some of these fragments have grown into publications; some have been woven in as footnotes or asides here or there; but many others have remained as fragments, and so have remained unpublished. I believe, rightly or wrongly, that there have been one or two worthwhile ideas in those fragments, and so a place more public (and, based on last month’s unpleasant experience, more permanent…) that a computer hard drive seems...

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