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text 2014-09-12 22:07
Research or Procrastination?: London Monuments, Louis MacNeice, Nancy Spender, and Person from Porlock

I've really got to find a name for when I do this: wandering about the 'net, going from one subject/website to another, and digging up random information. So I can use that phrase instead of just say "well, I've been doing it again!" (I'm using Research or Procrastination for the moment, til I think of something better.) As always - when I do this I sometimes miss out on links or using different search terms. Please do let me know if you find something that I've missed or that needs correcting!


Also if you're a writer and haven't heard of "Person from Porlock" - skip to the end to find out more - I think you'll love this reference!


This session started with London Remembers, which is an attempt to log (photographs and text) all of the various memorials around London. If that kind of thing interests you, be sure to check out their pages Lost Memorials and Puzzle Corner (I REALLY want an answer to what this plaque is, and it's one of three! I do love this kind of mystery.). From all of that you'll see why I had to bookmark this site. And so today - probably because there are other (really dull) things I need to do - I thought I'd just peek in.


Under the link This Day, I was looking down the page of images of various people from history. And I clicked Louis MacNeice, because he had an interesting face. Also he looked somewhat bored and "oh just take the photo already"-ish. The blurb about his life/death:

 "Poet. Born Belfast, Northern Ireland at 2 Brookhill Avenue. Joined the BBC in 1941 as scriptwriter and producer and it was with the BBC, checking out the sound effects down a mineshaft, that he caught the pneumonia that was the cause of his death."

Of course I had to find out more - because here was someone doing audio recording work in the 1940s, and also yet another poet/author I hadn't heard of. And also that death sounded like it might have more of a story to it. (Spoiler, didn't find anything.)


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review 2013-07-09 00:00
Her Last Call to Louis MacNeice (Five Star Paperback) - Ken Bruen

There's just something about Ken's writing and his characters that reaches into me...
There's not much to speak of in terms of plot, but I was so caught up with Bruen's storytelling and voice that it obliterated everything else. There's no story? No big deal. The characters are an archetype? Most of them are, at their core. But the voice, the sheer, barely concealed rage of it, is what grabbes me.

Ken Bruen is still writing some of the most original, noir, gritty and visceral crime fiction there is about at the moment.

Hard-Boil at its best.
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