Monthly Archives: September 2005

More Themas – Pangrams

The chapter of Hofstadter’s book that tickled me discusses self-referential statements, and cites this one by Lee Sallows: Only the fool would take trouble to verify that his sentence was composed of ten a’s, three b’s, four c’s, four d’s, forty-six e’s, sixteen f’s, four g’s, thirteen h’s, fifteen i’s, two k’s, nine l’s, for [...]

Metamagical Themas

This evening I picked up Metamagical Themas again – Hofstadter’s most entertaining book (on account of the fact that it is his least obscure, and most easily digestable). Hofstadter spends 800 pages tying himself (and his reader) in mathematical and linguistic contortions that leave reader and writer both exhausted and intrigued I was driven back [...]

Three Short Years

Balloons at the Party Tomorrow is Max’s third birthday. I just can’t articulate the difference he has made to our lives – and how complete it has made us feel to have him in our family. I am always one of the first to acknowledge that it’s perfectly possible to feel complete and have a [...]

About Grace

I read this book by Anthony Doerr on the plane to Hong Kong this week. It’s just such a beautifully written novel, and Doerr’s first. Grace is the daughter of the protagonist, David Winkler. Winkler suffers premonitory dreams and because of one such dream is compelled to leave his daughter when she is just a [...]


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Max and Grace

Max and Grace at Legoland.

Booker Shortlist

The shortlist for this year’s Booker prize was announced today. Ali Smith, Zadie Smith, Julian Barnes, John Banville, Kazuo Ishiguro and Sebastian Barry. There was only one surprise here. Conspicuous by its absence is Ian McKewen’s “Saturday“. OK, so it’s the only one on even the long list that I have actually read, but I [...]

Window Dressing

Saw this in a shop window. I think he’s one of mine.

Max in his element

Two more books

Read two more books worth noting – both stories told by young women: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. This beautiful book for young adults is unlikely to leave you time to do much else but read until you’ve finished it. Set in the present day (or thereabouts) Rosoff takes the heroine, Daisy, through [...]