Shepherding thought (and a coda from Varro)
Doing research / Etymology / Language / meanders / Rome / topography

Shepherding thought (and a coda from Varro)

I love the frisson of terror that live theatre produces. For me, in the audience, it’s as thrilling as a high-wire act to see people transformed by stepping into performance space, becoming something entirely other to their everyday selves. Will that transformation stick? Will I suspend or wallow in my disbelief? Will some element of the … Continue reading

Echoes of Garibaldi
meanders / Rome / Testaccio / topography

Echoes of Garibaldi

As the centenary of Ireland’s Easter 1916 Rising approaches, no doubt with all sorts of moving, surprising, challenging, thought-provoking events encouraging reflexion on a century’s accretion of meaning, as so often, my thoughts return to Rome. I like to think that Rome’s ever-presence in my frame of reference is charming. It certainly draws on my … Continue reading

Doing research / Rome / topography

Emotional geographies, reflected

All day I’ve been multi-tasking. There’s something vaguely sinister about the multi- prefix. Makes me think of multifarious, which rhymes with nefarious… But the point is that multi-tasking is when I’m typically at my most efficient and productive, even though it’s a fine line between spinning plates and blood-spattered sherds. What I’m mostly working on … Continue reading