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Notify me of new comments via email. Robert is an expert in this field; he keeps a family tree that goes back years, and has also researched the lives of our forebears.
In return, I dedicated the book to him. And, when it came to writing the labour and childbirth section, I received fantastic help from the midwifes at my local hospital, who were kind enough to read these scenes and even gave me a tour of the labour ward and birthing suite. However, the older I get, the more I realise that sex is not just the prerogative of the young. I love going to the movies. Because I rarely watch television, the big screen is a genuine treat, and cinemas, which I adored as a child, are still magical places for me.
Films provide the perfect escape. I also love meeting friends, especially old friends from school and college days, who know the real me. And I enjoy going to the gym, although less on account of the exercise than because I meet such a wide variety of people there — every size, shape, type and profession.
My third short-story collection was called Virgin in the Gym! I love Philip Roth for his intense, uncompromising writing; Ian McEwan for his subtlety and skilful characterisation, and David Lodge because I can identify with his Catholic themes and because he makes me laugh. If I have to fly, I always read one of his novels on the plane, to distract me from my fear. They may seem cut off from the hectic round of modern life, but Brookner chronicles their quiet and limited lives with profound sensitivity. Another favourite is Patrick Gale, whose own traumatic family background gives him a deep understanding of disturbed psychological states.
His novel, Notes From an Exhibition , explores bipolar disorder through the character of an artist and mother of four. She and her supportive Quaker still husband still haunt me, years after finishing the book. My favourite short-story writers are Jackie Kay, for her poetic, daring stories; Anne Enright, who combines dark, disturbing themes with a bright and glittering prose style, and William Trevor, for his depth of perception and all-encompassing human sympathy.
One of the novels I greatly enjoyed this year was All is Song , by Samantha Harvey, which centres on the relationship of two brothers. Although the brothers are close, William is not the conventional family man he first appears, but more of a modern-day Socrates, who questions every single norm and precept, and drives Leonard to distraction by dissecting even the most casual of remarks.
The book provides much food for thought by posing a series of deep moral and philosophical questions, yet is also a perceptive and gripping tale of a family in crisis. Personally, I was astonished that a non-believer, with absolutely no lived experience of religion, should have such a profound insight into our human need for the consolations and benefits that the different faiths provide: ritual, community, meaning and purpose, compassion and forgiveness, and a sense of the transcendent.
As a once-devout Catholic, still desperately missing the comforts and certainties of my old religion, I was inspired by his idea of setting up the secular equivalents of churches, Confession, pilgrimage and the care of souls. De Botton has the wisdom to see the shortcomings of his own atheism when it comes to satisfying fundamental human needs. His awareness that we are needy creatures, prone to failure and seeking constant reassurance, is both moving and unexpected. I have enormous admiration for Charles Dickens - his exuberant style, his passion for social justice, his memorably eccentric characters and the sheer range of issues that engage his conscience and his interest.
As for poetry itself, I find Ted Hughes infinitely satisfying — the way he writes about nature not in terms of dancing daffodils or cutesy celandines, but as a dark, elemental force. What a profound misjudgement!
I was enthralled by Rebecca from the very first pages, intrigued by the complexity of the characters, and deeply impressed by the quality of the prose. I went on to read five other of her novels, followed by her biography and autobiography. So now the great du Maurier is firmly ensconced as one of my favourite writers. But this only came about because of my research trip to Tywardreath for An Enormous Yes.
I chose this tiny Cornish village simply because it was close to a mainline station and thus would be easy to research without a car. But it was not until I was staying there that I learned that du Maurier had immortalised the village in her novel, The House on the Strand , and had actually lived only a mile away. One of the most satisfying things about being a novelist is that, with every book, one makes intriguing new discoveries. I also avoid determinedly upbeat books, with Pollyanna characters and simplistic happy endings.
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Well, it took me until I was 40, because, throughout my twenties, I was still struggling with depression and also had kidney disease. In those unliberated days, men never helped with the chores. After my second marriage, I took on two stepchildren and found my existing job in Advertising difficult to juggle with the demands of a larger family. So I enrolled at the local Polytechnic, deciding to train as a teacher, which would allow me shorter days and longer holidays. This agent invited me to lunch and gave me an ultimatum: if I ditched my studies and set to work on a novel, he would take me on as a client.
This presented me with one hell of a dilemma: did I continue with my future career-plan, or grab this one-in-a-million chance but risk failure in the process? Cowering under the covers, I scribbled away in a white heat of hope and fear. Fortunately, the resultant novel, Absinthe for Elevenses , was accepted by the first publisher my agent approached and, after that, I managed to get out of bed to write my subsequent books!
Please tell us the difference between writing a short story and a novel. Which do you prefer? The former process is easier — more playful, more instinctive, more in tune with the unconscious — whereas novel-writing requires discipline, rigour, rational thought and continual re-thinking. Second Sex , for instance, began in the Curzon Cinema, when I got talking to the man taking tickets for the film: a radical young philosopher who had thought profoundly about every aspect of life. In the story, his views deeply influence my character, Alice, who begins to see her own lifestyle as shallow and materialistic, and to regard her own boyfriend in a new, unfavourable light.
The idea for another story, Baggage , occurred to me while I was packing for a weekend away. The woman in my story is similar to me in that she crams her suitcase with items for every possible contingency — plus a whole lot more, for luck! However, the story moved from the mere packing of a case to a deeper exploration of the different selves we might allow ourselves to be were circumstances more favourable. Something even simpler prompted my story Hope and Anchor — a pub-sign swinging in the wind.
I began reflecting on the comfort afforded by having grounds for hope, and the security of an anchor in this uncertain world. And, instantly, a character took shape — a young girl with neither hope nor anchor, who fantasizes both into being; again drawing on the saving power of the imagination. And often, in both forms, I combine humour and sadness; since comedy has always been used, in both literature and life, to assuage the sting of grief and loss.
And, finally, the benefits of writing in both forms are also much the same: a truly therapeutic sense of absorption and engagement in the task, and a whole set of new friends made along the way, be they police officers, Dubai engineers, or Curzon Cinema employees. The most important of these is commitment. This image was created by Judy Schmidt , whose work taking raw Hubble data and turning them into astonishing art has been featured here on the blog many times.
Her Flickr page is basically one wonder after another. For scientific research, the Hubble observations of M33 were done in multiple filters, but only two were used in the release image.
Schmidt took images from the other filters used, plus Hubble observations of NGC taken years ago, and assembled them into that amazing image. The colors are not "natural", in that what you see as red isn't from red light. Instead, what's displayed as red is from near-infrared light, just outside what our eyes can see. Green is from red light, cyan from blue-green, and blue from shockingly blue.
She also added a layer from filters that selected out light emitted by warm hydrogen, which is displayed as pink. Since hydrogen is the most abundant element in this gas — and also one of the strongest emitters of light — the nebula appears strongly red. This is perhaps my favorite nebula in the sky; besides its stunning beauty it's physical characteristics overwhelm the brain. For one, despite the detail and clarity of the image, the distance to this object is staggering; M33 is about 2. NGC is also a monster.
It's over 1, light years across, a crushing number. The famous Orion Nebula, bright enough to see with the naked eye, is about 25 light years across. It's bright because it's close to us, about 1, light years distant — NGC is over 2, times farther away.godesigeza.tk
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Were you two swap the two, NGC would shine nearly as bright as Venus!! The nebula is massive as well, with something like , times the mass of the Sun total. That can make a lot of stars, and in fact there's a luminous cluster in its center with many thousands of stars in it. Speaking of which, Schmidt did something interesting with this image as well: She added data taken using the Chandra X-Ray Observatory to it.
X-rays are emitted by a lot of different objects, and in this case it comes from extremely hot gas at a temperature of over a million degrees! What does the nebula look like when you add that in? Tuellmann et al.