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Readings: Fault Lines: An Anthology of New Writing from the MA in Creative Writing, University College Dublin 2013

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Boyle, Joe, ed. Fault Lines: An Anthology of New Writing from the MA in Creative Writing (University College Dublin 2013). Dublin: Universal Publishing, 2013.

Where bought: Books Upstairs, just opposite Trinity’s main entrance.

Price: 10 €

Pages: 178.

Best Reads:

“The Switch” by Alan James Keogh (26-33)

It’s the story of a man unhappy with his life who switches bodies and life with another man, who is unhappy for other reasons. In the end, the hope put into the switch proves to be a fantasma as the personality, the self remains the same. (Keywords: body, identity, mind, fat, unhappiness, happiness, loneliness, gym, sports, science fiction, fantasy, heterodiegetic, internal focalization, unreliable narrator, short story)

“At Peace” by Alan James Keogh (34-37)

Conceptional piece/creation story of a statue of a man. Nice writing exercise. (Keywords: statue, body, identity, happiness, fantasy, autodiegetic, internal focalization, short story)

“The Inheritance” by Neil Bristow (112-20)

The story of Daniel, an escort who has paid sex with men who have to wear the reeking pyjamas of his late grandfather. The reader learns about Daniel and his punter Lev bit by bit with the indirect characterization misleading all the time. The story, although being full of surprises, ultimately casts quite a dreary light on the history and the present lives of everybody in the story. (Keywords: escort, gender/sex/identity, gay, sex, family, money, abuse, poverty, heterodiegetic, internal focalization, short story)

[UPDATE: Read Neil Bristow’s story on-line.]

“A White Dove” by Martin Sheridan (122-37)

Story showing the perspectives of a group of adolescent ravers on drugs. This is some sort history of pop culture of the 1990s. The distance in time from our perspective is made graspable by putting the main character not in the centre of Dublin, but making him travel there from the suburbs at the beginning of the story. (Keywords: Bildungsstory, drugs, music, dance, Dublin, youth, history, rave, techno, short story)

Weekly Links Digest November 24, 2013

Dial Up Modem Handshake Sound – Spectrogram

There is only a thin tranche of the population whose memories (will) include the tinkling of a dial-up modem as it connects. If you are one of them, you are most probably tech-savvy, between 30 and 40 years of age and from the so-called Western World. Right?

Photo: Industriell hergestellter Rhabarberkuchen in einer Niederlassung der Backwarenvertriebsfirma.

Photo: Industriell hergestellter Rhabarberkuchen in einer Niederlassung der Backwarenvertriebsfirma.

[“Industriell hergestellter Rhabarberkuchen in einer Niederlassung der Backwarenvertriebsfirma.”]

Weekly Links Digest November 17, 2013

Aus der losen Reihe “I’m Old-Fashioned Because…”: Just Focus

…because I could easily live in the 19th century. This is how I see it:

And this is what I have missed:

Maybe it is the reading of late Victorian literature that has spoilt me in this respect. In terms of rules, the others are right, because generally, we double single consonant letters at the end of any base where the preceding vowel is spelled with a single letter and stressed. Here‘s a couple of examples, including the weird ‘parallelled’.

Photo: Is this a #rainbow over #Trier at the moment? Without rain?

Photo: Is this a #rainbow over #Trier at the moment? Without rain?

[“Is this a #rainbow over #Trier at the moment? Without rain?”]

Photo: The #Skins DVD box has arrived. Yay! Weird: the different #age #restriction of seasons 4 & 5.

Photo: The #Skins DVD box has arrived. Yay! Weird: the different #age #restriction of seasons 4 & 5.

[“The #Skins DVD box has arrived. Yay! Weird: the different #age #restriction of seasons 4 & 5.”]

Photo: Mosel

Photo: Mosel

[“Mosel”]

Weekly Links Digest November 10, 2013

Russischer Botschafter Wladimir Michailowitsch Grinin an der Universität Trier

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[Der Präsident der Universität führt ein.]

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[Recht gut gefüllter Audimax.]

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[MdB Bernhard Kaster]

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[Grinin]

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[Das Podium unter der exzellenten Moderation von Jens Paulus. Vielleicht ergänze ich noch etwas dazu…]

Photo: Dass ist mein #Drachen. Mein Drachen fliegt da. Ich bin so stolz. Höher als alle anderen Drachen!!1! #Trier #Petrisberg #Wasserturm

Photo: Dass ist mein #Drachen. Mein Drachen fliegt da. Ich bin so stolz. Höher als alle anderen Drachen!!1! #Trier #Petrisberg #Wasserturm

[“Dass ist mein #Drachen. Mein Drachen fliegt da. Ich bin so stolz. Höher als alle anderen Drachen!!1! #Trier #Petrisberg #Wasserturm”]

Weekly Links Digest November 3, 2013