Sir Thomas Browne · Saturn · penguin eggs · heroes of science · evolution of languages · nature books · dna barcoding · periodic table · Alice Roberts · geology
John Tyndall · Galápagos cormorants · why English is so odd · Thoreau & Darwin · anthropological discoveries · mass-extinction hyperbole · WG Sebald · yellow rattle · Inigo Thomas · Mars exploration
woodpeckers · ambrotype portraits · W.G. Sebald · a deserted hamlet · mission creep · prime meridians · W.H. Hudson · podcasts · street photography · bonkers · tapirs · coiners
Patti Smith · W.G. Sebald · Sexual Selection · Roman chicken · Robert Graves · Swallows & Amazons · Thames Estuary · James Brindley · Spoonbills
The Delicate Life of John Craske.
A fascinating exercise in ‘writing about nothing’.
How a passage from W.G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn might give a clue to some family history.
It is entirely possible, it turns out, for a city to function without cars and vans and lorries. Who would have thought it? But is it practical?
When you enter into Sebald’s universe, it seems to me, you have to play along.
I read 36 books in 2014. This shows an uncharacteristic degree of consistency on my behalf.