“Sod the wine, I want to suck on the writing. This man White is an instinctive writer, bloody rare to find one who actually pulls it off, as in still gets a meaning across with concision. Sharp arbitrage of speed and risk, closest thing I can think of to Cicero’s ‘motus continuum animi.’

Probably takes a drink or two to connect like that: he literally paints his senses on the page.”


DBC Pierre (Vernon God Little, Ludmila’s Broken English, Lights Out In Wonderland ... Winner: Booker prize; Whitbread prize; Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman prize; James Joyce Award from the Literary & Historical Society of University College Dublin)


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26 March 2016

THE BUTCHER'S LAMENT

Funerary relief of the butcher Tiberius Julius Vitalis ... the graffito  MARCIO SEMPER EBRIA - "Marco is always drunk" - has been added by someone who hasn't bothered to explain who Marco is ... scholars presume it's a pre-bubble statement some neat tagger has put in Tiberius's mouth ... Is it a favourite whinge? Is he complaining about an employee or a customer? A neighbour? Relative? Lover? 1st century AD, Villa Albani, Rome

2 comments:

Steve said...

Why is the font so small on this post?

I can barely read it ;)

Philip White said...

funny shit going down Steve ... is that better?