This Week’s Inspirations

As I write this post I am listening to Jill Scott's first album Who is Jill Scott? The album and artist that introduced me to my love for neo-soul and even inspired me to try my hand at writing poetry. I attended six poetry classes in 2004, it was then that both myself and my teacher discovered that I cannot write poetry. The past week I have unfortunately been suffering from insomnia. There is something sensuous and artistic about insomnia - being awake late at night, alone in the dark with your thoughts, replaying memories and basking in silence. However, we all know that the inability to sleep, particularly when you have to be in a place of work early the next morning, is nowhere near as comforting as this. When I told my father about my insomnia he asked me, 'What's on your mind?' What a great question! I can think of so many people, dead and alive, that I would love to pose this question to. Karl Lagerfeld, F Scott Fitzgerald, Roal Dahl, Eric Roberson, Common and my...
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Anna Karenina by Leo Toltsoy

Inspired by a visit to Waterstones and Leo Toltsoy's opening line of Anna Karenina Yesterday I spent two hours in Waterstones selecting my next read. I have just finished Gabrielle Garcia Marquez's Memories of my Melancholy Whores, so there were some stipulations on my next read; it wasn't to be set in Latin America or the Caribbean, nor could it utilise magical realism, had to be written by a woman - as I cannot tell you the last book I read written by a female - and must be just released or, at the least, contemporary. With all that in mind, I found myself choosing between William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair and Leo Toltsoy's Anna Karenina.  Vanity Fair seemed most appropriate as it explores many of the themes the very novel I am still attempting to write explores. However, I read the opening  line of Anna Karenina and was moved instantly. 'All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its...
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