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Sometimes I wish I studied the arts for a degree, because there are all sorts of things you don't realise until someone points them out to you.

For instance, in the latest Newsnight Review, during an interview with Colm Toibin about his new book, he mentioned how he wanted to write the novel in a linear, pared down style similar to Jane Austen's - no flashbacks, very few descriptions of people's expressions etc.

In the case of facial descriptions, one result is that it becomes clear to the reader that people may not be saying precisely what they mean, that they may be concealing their personal thoughts and opinions as they outwardly proclaim another.

Now obviously there are many techniques that arrive at the same effect, but I found this very interesting because of it's simplicity (and also because I hadn't noticed this before, even though I'd read most of Austen's output and paid - by my reckoning - a lot of attention to them). This was so interesting that I began to think how I could implement this technique when writing from certain characters povs.Read more... )

So post-exam season is going to be a lot of fun, I can tell!
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I really hate how 'good' vampires are always 'vegetarian',Read more... )

I'm also curious if anyone knows of any ancient (well, ancient to... late-renaissance perhaps) technqiues used to forecast volcanic eruptions. Earthquakes are a pretty good indicator (I hear!) but I'm particularly interested in the possibility of 'measuring' sulphur dioxide levels in the air via some natural, but obviously misunderstood, phenomena.
Mood:: 'curious' curious
Music:: Random techno from next door
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I really hate how 'good' vampires are always 'vegetarian', Read more... )

I'm also curious if anyone knows of any ancient (well, ancient to... late-renaissance perhaps) technqiues used to forecast volcanic eruptions. Earthquakes are a pretty good indicator (I hear!) but I'm particularly interested in the possibility of 'measuring' sulphur dioxide levels in the air via some natural, but obviously misunderstood, phenomena.

As for RL, we've just got the first round of house renting sorted out and I have three weeks until my first exam. I also can't believe that next week will be the last episode of Mad Men for this season, though apparently I'll only have to wait until next year for season 3. With Mad Men gone, that will leave me only Mark Kermode and Newsnight Review. There must be something else on that I might be interested in...?

EDIT: Oddly appropriate given this post, check out Twilight with Cheeseburgers.

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