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A nice new review blog for the list: http://kinnareads.wordpress.com/

The placement is great but very tiring. I seem to spend all day making mistakes and working up a sweat merely by staring at a computer screen for hours on end, only to write a line of code that might be around 45% successful *laughs*. Me and the MATLAB compiler, great friends we are not. I thought I found a nifty way of finding motor protein stepping patterns but then the next day I ran the same code and I had an error in the third line.

Interesting times to be sure.

Speaking of review blogs, Newsnight Review is back! Of course they're covering the Edinburgh Festival, which I'm definitely going to go to next year. I found the brief interview between Khorsandi and Tsiolkas (author of 'The Slap') really weird though. There was a bit where they discussed how ethnic minorities reclaim offensive terms (for him as an Australian writer, words such as 'wog') and said how that isn't/doesn't seem to be particularly common in the UK, which just made me wonder which immigrant community they'd been hanging out with, because it certainly didn't sound like any I'd had anything to do with, and that's me the distinctly middle-class second generation Nigerian from South London. Weird.
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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 10:08pm on 12/05/2009 under , , , ,
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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