diary of old and new books

c. f. prior
The Diary of Old and New Books is my weekly diary of the books I read. As the name suggests, some of them are new and probably more of them will be old.
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  • diary of old and new books #9
    06 Mar 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    28 Feb Title: The Blue Clerk: Ars Poetica in 59 Versos Author: Dionne Brand Publisher: Duke University Press Years elapsed: 3 Representative quote: ‘Then I returned to the Harris Promenade and the whi...
  • diary of old and new books #8
    26 Feb 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    due to the current state of the social care system i was unable to read or write this week.
  • diary of old and new books #7
    19 Feb 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Title: Box Hill Author: Adam Mars-Jones Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions Years elapsed: 1 Representative quote: ‘if this was some sort of commune, then I was part of what it shared in common. All for ...
  • diary of old and new books #6
    12 Feb 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    I have walked many miles this week and read and written very little. When it is sunny, I find it impossible to stay inside. A couple of times I walk until my feet hurt. I have missed this. I am back “...
  • diary of old and new books #5
    05 Feb 2021 • 2 min read • 2 1
    Title: The Adoption Papers Author: Jackie Kay Publisher: Bloodaxe Years elapsed: 30 Representative quote: ‘Outside, Edinburgh is soaked in sunshine / I talk to myself walking past the castle. / So, so...
  • diary of old and new books #4
    29 Jan 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Jan 23 Title: The Driver’s Seat Author: Muriel Spark Publisher: Penguin Years elapsed: 51 Representative quote: ‘Her lips are slightly parted; she, whose lips are usually pressed together with the dai...
  • diary of old and new books #3
    22 Jan 2021 • 1 min read • 1 1
    16-21 Jan Stephen would have been 69 on the 16th. We all share a few photos of him in the group chat. I feel odd and spend the morning crying or feeling like I'm about to start crying. Usually a coupl...
  • diary of old and new books #2
    15 Jan 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Jan 8-13 Title: Calamities Author: Renee Gladman Publisher: Wave Poetry Years elapsed: 5 Representative quote: ‘I began the day connected by several moving points on a grid, in a constellation of live...
  • diary of old and new books #1
    08 Jan 2021 • 9 min read
    Jan 1 Title: Conundrum Author: Jan Morris Publisher: Faber & Faber Years elapsed: 47 Quote: ‘The instinct to keep moving played itself out, as I grew older, and there came a time for me when the wande...
  • yesterday #8
    02 Jan 2021 • 1 min read • 5 0
    Yesterday I decided I would change the name of this newsletter after thinking for a while about the new form it might take. I’m always tempted, when one or other of my projects has failed, to wipe the...
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