Plunder & Salvage

Michael Blackburn. Poet. Chief of the Inner Station.

Sep 11

Sep 10

"Poems are unimportant" - Pasternak.

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Though most critics still consider Pasternak’s poetry his greatest achievement, he yearned to create something more ambitious. “Poems are unimportant,” he declared. “I don’t understand why people busy themselves with my verses.” By 1945, he began to conceive a novel about the turbulent experiences of a Russian physician and poet—and Russia itself—from the abortive 1905 Revolution to World War II.…

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Sep 6

Sep 4
Too much bang bang, not enough news. The Fortnightly Review.

Watching the Six O’Clock News on BBC is a penitential act. You have to endure about 45 seconds of self-aggrandising musical and graphic intro before the news reader even enunciates the headlines – which are then underscored by a soundtrack and punctuated with drumbeats.

Too much bang bang, not enough news. The Fortnightly Review.

Watching the Six O’Clock News on BBC is a penitential act. You have to endure about 45 seconds of self-aggrandising musical and graphic intro before the news reader even enunciates the headlines – which are then underscored by a soundtrack and punctuated with drumbeats.


Aug 30
Beethoven, the irascible genius.

The image of the irascible Beethoven is almost a cliché, yet it is true that he responded with defiance and hostility to almost every impediment life presented.

Beethoven, the irascible genius.

The image of the irascible Beethoven is almost a cliché, yet it is true that he responded with defiance and hostility to almost every impediment life presented.


Aug 29

Yes voters in Scotland show why they’re a good reason to vote No.

It’s a pity the immediate reaction of the Yes campaign to anyone who disagrees with them is aggression.


Updike’s dumpster archives.

Moran has kept thousands of pieces of Updike’s garbage—a trove that he says includes photographs, discarded drafts of stories, canceled checks, White House invitations, Christmas cards, love letters, floppy disks, a Mickey Mouse flip book, and a pair of brown tasseled loafers.

Updike’s dumpster archives.

Moran has kept thousands of pieces of Updike’s garbage—a trove that he says includes photographs, discarded drafts of stories, canceled checks, White House invitations, Christmas cards, love letters, floppy disks, a Mickey Mouse flip book, and a pair of brown tasseled loafers.


Aug 26
Gin, gin, gin, gin and more gin.

All the horrors of 18th-century Gin Lane are here, including instances of child alcoholism. In an effort to stop the entire population of London reeling with gin, successive governments tried different restrictions.

Gin, gin, gin, gin and more gin.

All the horrors of 18th-century Gin Lane are here, including instances of child alcoholism. In an effort to stop the entire population of London reeling with gin, successive governments tried different restrictions.


Aug 25
Save our children from this evil train!

I THOUGHT WE had reached the final frontier of outrage when cupcakes were declared fascist, but I was wrong.

Save our children from this evil train!

I THOUGHT WE had reached the final frontier of outrage when cupcakes were declared fascist, but I was wrong.


Aug 1

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