Hashish, Wine, Opium Not my methods for getting through convalescence, sadly, but an excellent book published by Oneworld Classics and which they were kind enough to send to me. I’ve said before that Charles Baudelaire has a strange place in my heart, having been both my introduction to French literature and my introduction to the […]

“The rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated” But not utterly exaggerated … Yes I have been absent on more dramatic terms this time. Two hospital interludes: the second one planned, the first an impromptu response to something (virus? bacterium? body attacking itself out of sheer boredom?) that left me so weak I was […]