Tony, The Curator
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In 2016, an uncle told me: “I want Russia to start a war”
Coming to Bournemouth Seven years ago —just around the time the UK voted for Brexit— I was spending a whole summer and a tiny portion of autumn in Bournemouth. As one of the warmest places in the UK, this coastal resort town is always set for some hot action (a.k.a. no free vacancies) when the great holiday season arrives. In 2016, I was there and ready for that action.
to copy Zadie Smith (or why do we write?)
In Kyiv, books are suddenly everything everywhere all at once. You walk through a familiar area, and your eyes accidentally trip over a new bookshop in place of an old eatery the name and look of which you don’t remember.
When The World's Gone Mad
I I don’t quite remember what it is to write. Is it double-checking thoughts and not being sure that now this thing is the exact thing I want to write? The responsibility makes me anxious, and being anxious is a slippery slope no one can afford to step on these days. Writing these two sentences is the most mentally exhausting thing I’ve done in ages but it’s still not too different from thinking inside your head. Different is the physical aspect of writing. It’s so sophisticated. All those hooks and squiggles eventually combine into letters, words and then sentences. It’s a craft. We used to learn it in childhood. We needed to be consistent because like with any form of craft it requires steady practice. Maybe abandoning writing is what made us all go mad eventually.
5 Life Lessons These Great Soul Singers Taught Me
Do you ever feel like half of your life is being spent on reliving past experiences? I do. To dwell in the past is, probably, a bad habit to have, but I can’t help it: a tiny curator in my head likes to play old movies for me. Today he’s playing “Teenage Memories” — my coming of age story. The soundtrack to the film features five women. Confident, unapologetic women with a strong sense of self-worth.