On 27th November 1944, my grandfather Denys Godin sent a letter to his former schoolfriend, Richard Christopher Warlow-Harry, a Major in the British ar…
A week or so ago I was helping to clear out a room in my mother-in-law’s house and I came across an example of one of my favourite kinds of text: the p…
On a visit to my brother’s last weekend I saw the Bible which has passed down on my mother’s side of the family, looming on a high shelf. It’s very lar…
In Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (1925), a plane flies over post-World War One London and seems to write letters in the sky: Dropping dead down the aer…
In volume 3 of Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1761), Tristram famously presents the reader with a marbled page …
What does it mean to place one book next to another? What connections does this kind of piling up suggest? My shelves are usually (a) quite messy, and …
The many notebooks I’ve filled in recent years are normally scattered across various drawers and desks but last week I gathered them into a single pile…
£32.99 on Amazon gets you a ‘Time Capsule Waterproof Stainless Steel Durable Lock Container Storage Future Gift 7.3”’. It’s made of polished stainless …
About ten years ago, looking through plastic bags of inherited junk in my mum’s house that no one wanted but no one could throw away, I found the photo…
In The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901), Sigmund Freud argues that slips of the tongue and the pen constitute moments when repressed thoughts br…
Inserting a pin through a folded copy of the AZ Street Plan of Oxford results in a series of 12 small holes spread across the unfolded map. 2 of these …
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s ‘7 O'clock News / Silent Night’ is a sound collage from their 1966 album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. The song la…