Matter Notes: A lawyer's private notes on a legal matter; considered inviolate and nondisclosable. By metaphor and game, my occasional blog posts on literary matters. In both cases, a form of work product.

Intimations of Immortality (via my dog)

I recently had what William Wordsworth called a “spot of time.”  A moment when perception happens through some imaginative faculty you didn’t know you had. Something you have no name for turns

Why do writers stop writing?

Joan Acocella took up this question in The New Yorker several years ago. She doesn’t answer it.  Nobody can.  There are as many answers as blocked writers.  Acocella provides a history of explanations

What the moon told me the serpent told Eve when she fell to earth.

Reified thought is the enemy of humanity.  The chaos of heaven is within you.  Play.

Don’t read this blog post. Read this: Linds Redding. “A Short Lesson in Perspective.”

You’ve probably never heard of Linds Redding.  He was an art director who spent his life creating advertisements for other people’s products.  Then he died.  He was 52.  Shortly before his death

Only Another Writer Will Get This (and, yes, that is a pun)

Why is it, whenever I hear Tony Banks’s keyboard riff at 9:09 – 9:16 on “Supper’s Ready” on Genesis’s Foxtrot (released UK Charisma 1972), I get an image of Dam Square and

The Dream of the Rood: This is a joke, right?

So I’m reading The Dream of the Rood.  I don’t do it a lot.  It’s the late seventh century. It’s possibly late enough to be the early eighth, but at this remove