The Leftovers

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assorted footnoted detritus
Created 14 Jul 2021
  • Writer's block
    19 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Here, staring at a blank page; it’s been a while. The temptation to give up is here but I know that I won’t give up — simply because I can’t. Some days the writing is cursed and won’t come out; other ...
  • Stamford Hill drone
    16 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    The flats across the garden; photo by the cat. Recommended soundtrack for this post: Lockdown #1 (London), Also Known as Ariel. I wake up around 1:40am with a loud drone, cursing whoever is blasting m...
  • A foreign country is the past
    15 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 2 2
    Recommended soundtrack: Volver, Carlos Gardel. I transcribe (and translate) from a WhatsApp chat. Me: What happened with that bar called Titanic? Friend back home: Which one? Me: The one that looked l...
  • Legibility
    10 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 2 1
    San Lorenzo, Rome, 2008. When you are re-born in this manner it is as if all the possibilities are open; you are given a chance to re-fashion yourself into whatever shape you choose. You are your own ...
  • Covid-19 literature
    07 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    I push past chuggers on this cold December evening and end up walking into a bookshop in Central London, more to shelter myself from the cold than from the desire to add yet one more item to an alread...
  • Mono
    03 Dec 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    Preterite Places, Gino Artti, watercolour on paper, 1998. (Reproduced with permission of the artist) “…while on the village descends the scented night.” Haroldo Conti, “Perfumada noche” Day dreaming a...
  • Time to write
    19 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    I didn’t have any green onions. I also had only ONE onion. Imagine I’m holding green onions in my hand and if you can’t go talk to the manager. Have you noticed how it’s always those who complain the ...
  • Can you see it?
    12 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    The sky in Rosario, 2003. My grandfather told me this story. When he was in his twenties he used to play a joke with his friends: they would stand in the middle of the pavement in central Rosario and ...
  • Existence in English
    06 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 1 1
    There is, there are. That’s how those blessed with the language of the Bard talk about existence. “There is a cat in the garden”; “there are two cats in the garden”. There, not here. It would seem exi...
  • Lost gloves
    05 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Have you noticed how every cat that gets lost is undergoing medical treatment? Feline X, microchipped and neutered is desperately sought and the situation is made worse by Feline X’s need to take its ...
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