Hello I’m back and lets get ready to blog

Now why start this post with Hitler as potrayed by Bruno Ganz .Well whilst I’ve been away ok my mind was elsewhere .I sadly lost my wonderful stepmother last week , but was thankful for the time spent with her and my dad more than in recent years , then this last weekend I rested and started turnong my mind back to the blog .But also to as Simon of Savidge reads does ever so often a state of the blog post came to mind .Partly set  on this track by reading The Ogre by Michel Tournier a 1970 Prix Goncourt winner .I remember the early days of this blog when I read just books I found and read everything I could lay my hands on at the Library .This lead to my blog maybe having the widest range of books in its early years , recently I feel as thou I ran out of steam I let things go I loved .Things I started I have let slip when I should be running and curating these things . I started both translation thurs on twitter and the shadow iffp both of which I have let slide this last year . I will be bringing t the fun back to this blog and to me in general I feel a weight has been lifted something in the back of my head that had been on my mind for over a year has gone now so I can set my body and soul  back on the blog . I started with Bruno Ganz as this is  clip well-known a clip to break free of being a world cinema film , like Je’t Aime by Serge Gainsbourg or Lisbeth Salander from Steig Larsson books . All these have broken out of the groove . Why well to me they appeal to something in all of us a base instinct  , not to a critical discussion on lit in translation , world cinema or world music . No they grab you Bruno Ganz as the angry Hitler losing control appeals as we would maybe love to get that angry or even to blow our tops that way , hence the number of spoof videos around the net .Serge singing we would all love to be the lover like him , or the blood and guts like Lisbeth . That is what I need to do not say how this book is in a large scheme of literature or discussion of the finer points of its merit” no” , there is plenty of quality magazines or books out there . I have a number books in this line western canon etc and  I get the LRB . But no to me the point of this blog is to be like that annoying kid in class that always had the latest music, that at time you went it isn’t for me , but then went home listen to and went damm this guy is in the loop . A cheerleader for translation anything but a bloody bore on the place of a book hell who the hell am i to say that  about it !! sorry I feel I was heading this way my reviews have been boring and maybe me just doing the motions , I not been trying to have fun to worried about word counts and maybe trying to seem like I know what I am on about , I don’t always 500 books in every book to me is still an adventure and an escape maybe I not been putting that across enough .So let’s go discover books together , lets find lists of great books around the world and start a collective cheer around the world .I will allow the feel shadow IFFP announce the winner tomorrow as I feel my part is to small this year to do it

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings
    May 26, 2015 @ 20:10:00

    So sorry to hear of your loss Stu, but it’s good to see you back and I look forward to you pointing me to great books I’d never heard of!


  2. Kinna
    May 26, 2015 @ 21:11:55

    Welcome back, Stu. It seems like a good time for you to bring the fun back! take care of yourself during this difficult time.


  3. iamamro
    May 26, 2015 @ 21:22:02

    So sorry for your loss. Welcome back to the blog – I’ve missed you.


  4. Jonathan
    May 26, 2015 @ 21:40:35

    Welcome back Stu!


  5. Melissa Beck
    May 26, 2015 @ 23:18:02

    So glad you are back, and with a great post! Sorry about the loss of your Stepmom.


  6. WordsAndPeace
    May 27, 2015 @ 00:01:51

    Oh I thought you were lso gong to speak about Look Who’s Back of the IFFP list!


  7. Pete Kalu
    May 27, 2015 @ 06:40:59

    The annoying kid in class, anything but a bloody bore. Yeh! F*k it, I know the feeling, go back to that early vibe!


  8. JacquiWine
    May 27, 2015 @ 10:59:05

    Very sorry to hear of your loss, Stu. It’s good to see you back here. x


  9. Claire 'Word by Word'
    May 27, 2015 @ 16:39:48

    Sorry to hear your news Stu, great that you’ve got your blogging mojo back renewed.


  10. parrish lantern
    May 31, 2015 @ 11:59:33

    Hi Stu, the reason that annoying kid was in the loop was that he didn’t care what the taste makers thought was cool. He just threaded his way through to what he liked, a bit like John Peel. He didn’t care that if you liked pink Floyd you couldn’t like 999 or Test Dep’t he liked both. The same with blogging, we all start with no audience – blogging just for ourselves just to shout out how wonderful something is, but we build up an audience & think that with that comes responsibilities, there doesn’t. So blog like you are listening to some wonderful track at home alone & “Dance, dance, dance to the radio”


  11. Mytwostotinki
    Jun 09, 2015 @ 10:14:54

    I suppose we all know that you have been going through a difficult time recently, Stu. Just wanted to say: take your time – and it will be great to have you back whenever you are ready. Your reviews are always inspiring and from this post of yours I can see that you will come back with fresh energy and ideas soon.


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