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The last three days of being in Zürich... ••• Wednesday, 9:30 am: Dunbar gives his first lecture of the week at the Jung-Institut; he has visited here before, and he led a session of Nancy's online seminar this spring. His... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
The first of these exams was the longest – Dr Weskamp, Dr Lüscher and a third woman I don't know go over one of my case reports, with dreams. The case is their selection, not mine – they are obviously... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
The school year wound up remarkably firmly, last Friday... which was welcome. Yes, well, a few more things came up – a plagiarism case (that turned out not to be one, which made life easy), a handful of students rejected... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
[From about a month ago, in late May – a sketch with no particular punch line.] A lovely day... very warm by local standards, but relatively normal by my own, and those of Californian (and Australian and Italian and Spanish)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
The eleven-year anniversary of this blog.... Well, hey, it matters to me. A bit. ••• After a brief but unpleasant virus – probably caught on that hasty train south and back – everything has a slightly disconnected feel to it:... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
A dream fragment: One of two simultaneous dream narratives, partly remembered – don't remember the other one. A friend and I are at the front door of a house, a porch light over the door; an old woman is inside.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
Maundy Thursday. In the night I wake coughing – side effects I think, but perhaps I also caught a minor cold on the train back on Wednesday. Paracodeine (given to me by Antonio, a couple of years ago – I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
So: in a burst of extraordinarily blinkered and sociopolitically aggressive pettiness, the UK government pulls us out of the EU. I've been joking for months that I have two passports, but unfortunately they're the ones nobody wants... but just try... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
I keep noticing that, over the past few months, I post more pictures of hot guys on Facebook. I am more frank about commenting on attractive men, including plausibly non-gay ones. I am blunter, and more direct... On the one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
Perhaps the problem is one of time... Yes, I am influenced by finally (i.e., at a later point in time than anticipated within the implied framework of some unspecified but apparently familiar system of planning) seeing Arrival. But also wandering... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
From the chilly, detached sadness of last week, unexpected changes – a day and a bit that were more entwined with the life, and lives, around me – Friday, an official reception – you know the drill: speeches, food, suits,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
If you think about it all: rot, chaos, aggression. Disintegration. But my desk remains, my job remains, my friends and colleagues remain... I buy food, talk to students, plan trips. There are no problems. To be honest, there have been... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at in the hall of mirrors
A dramatic year... One that stank for the world, of course: major moves into aggressive idiocy. But it's not very interesting to talk about Brexit and the UK, Trump and America. Or about dead celebrities – some good people are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at in the hall of mirrors
... You didn't really think you were having strokes, did you. Well, if memory – no, I suppose not; there would be other symptoms? Yes, there would. So: dissociation. But more dissociation than I should expect, yes? That sense over... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at in the hall of mirrors
Shopping, shopping: but the sizes keep being wrong. A bag is missing: where did I go yesterday, where could I have left it? A shower to recover clarity, remembering the handsome young man who caught up to me in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at in the hall of mirrors
"One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at in the hall of mirrors
Last night, a wonderfully pleasant evening for my sixtieth: eight people at table in a Persian restaurant, then back to mine for ice wine and sweets. ••• (And, as I am thinking now of England, and my English friends, many... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at in the hall of mirrors
So, Benjamin's late work!... well, not really. Listening to Tippett string quartets on earphones (earbuds, headphones, headbutts, whatever). Easy access to music of various times and moods, of high quality, doesn't really have such a long history: even in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at in the hall of mirrors
A sudden bringing-into-awareness, and perhaps into words, of some of what has been going on for me in the past couple of years... in a time of political chaos and anxiety, where one thinks of the 1930s: including the bit... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at in the hall of mirrors
Putting aside a few things, to take the train to Sheffield tomorrow – I am only seeing my analyst live once a month, at the moment – I recall that on my last trip I was looking through all the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at in the hall of mirrors
The past ten days... At first entirely chilly, detached: the election as shock, a worse shock than Brexit of course, but similarly a stupid move towards danger and chaos engendered by incoherent desperation and an extraordinary amount of sheer lying.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at in the hall of mirrors
From crisp to cold... The past couple of days when I've left the house, it is chilly; I think each time, I need a scarf. A brief hospital visit, the doctor is late, I don't need the x-ray any time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at in the hall of mirrors
What is it to 'go on', to 'leave behind', to 'finish with'? I don't quite mean moving on to doing something else, which is often coloured with the anticipation and energy of whatever it is that is new. ••• Over... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at in the hall of mirrors
So: although it has been a bad year – illness, anxiety, possible collapse of plans, disconnected from a culturally suicidal Britain, feeling cornered by the future – hospital, new medications, side effects – that year is now having a big... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at in the hall of mirrors
things aren't bad today. My chest, stomach feel a bit heavy, a shadow of a headache, a sort of – can I say a fuzzy version of tingling, a bit like when you focus on parts of the body in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at in the hall of mirrors