Thursday, 16 June 2011

Thursday Painting


After all that cerebral activity, I thought I'd just put up a painting today - I love a lot of Stanley Spencer's work, including this: Swan Upping at Cookham (1915-9) which is in the Tate (more info here).

Hope you're having a good week! I'm finding reading a bit slow, but today read (as well as some interesting books about childlessness from the 1920s - did you know that a lack of commonsense could be to blame?[!]) two-thirds of a bizarre, funny, grotesque American novel published in 1980, but written in the 1960s by an author who killed himself in 1969. Any guesses?

11 comments:

  1. love his work ,always a quirky comic feel to them ,all the best stu

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  2. Christopher Bowden16 June 2011 at 00:38

    John Kennedy Toole: A Confederacy of Dunces?

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  3. I second A Confederacy of Dunces.

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  4. That's a wonderful book. I hope you're enjoying it!

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  5. It has to be A Confederacy of Dunces. I read it for the first time a few years ago (and I BOUGHT the book too) and thought it was absolutely wonderful from start to finish.

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  6. Grotesque is the word for those characters. While I didn't love this book, it was good to read, and one of those modern classics that is really worth reading for the influences it has since had.

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  7. Gotta be A Confederacy of Dunces.

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  8. Glad you like Spencer, Simon! So do I. Twenty years ago, I devised a one man show, 'A Present from Cookham', based on his life for an actor friend.

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  9. Hello Simon - I love Stanley Spencer too. I used to live near Cookham where there is a nice little village-hall-type place with his paintings in. Well, that's what it was like when I was there - with his painting gear too, as he used to pull a cart I think around with it all in, and an umbrella. He used to paint the inhabitants of Cookham rising from the dead - amazing!

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  10. The nice little village-hall gallery in Cookham is still recognisable but is now a proper art gallery. No doubt much better for the paintings but not quite as charming as it used to be.

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  11. The nice little village-hall gallery in Cookham is still recognisable but is now a proper art gallery. No doubt much better for the paintings but not quite as charming as it used to be.

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