Into Ruins

post-phd thinking, writing, art, cartography, abstraction, Robinson Crusoe – risking appearing deranged – writing-as-thinking

Frank on Crusoe

Crusoe: Daniel Defoe, Robert Knox and the Creation of a Myth Katherine Frank 2011 I read this a while ago and was at the time rather impatient to get it … Continue reading

1 April 2019 · Leave a comment

Notes from ‘Seeking Robinson Crusoe’ by Tim Severin

Today dear reader listener dear  I just need to do some notes from Seeking Robinson Crusoe by Tim Severin, which I’ve been hogging and need to return to the library. … Continue reading

22 February 2019 · Leave a comment

Planting the Nation – some biblio notes

http://www.horizonbook.com/plhunt.html I can’t now recall what I googled in order to arrive at this bibliography from Horizon Books who are based in Canada, but it’s a very useful annotated list … Continue reading

27 January 2019 · Leave a comment

Encyclopedic museums, argument, looting

“national museums are important instruments in the formation of nationalist narratives” (p.xix). In contradistinction to the national museum, Cuno suggests that the ‘encyclopedic museum’ has a different purpose – “That … Continue reading

9 January 2019 · Leave a comment

Notes on antiquities

Reading ‘Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the battle over our ancient heritage’ by James Cuno, Princeton University Press, 2008. Cuno opens with the case of the Parthenon marbles, and is … Continue reading

8 January 2019 · Leave a comment

Starting ‘The Ethics of Ambiguity’ – De B and the reed-men – building death

From the top – welcome back, hands! Let’s hear those inputs flowing – welcome welcome, let’s turn our attention to Simone de Beauvoir and The Ethics of Ambiguity, with whom … Continue reading

5 September 2018 · Leave a comment

Tidying the archive 3 – Landscape and Englishness

MATLESS AND MORTON, ‘LANDSCAPE AND ENGLISHNESS’ AND THE COCKNEY September 22, 2015 Today I’m thinking about Landscape and Englishness by David Matless.  My interest in this is partly just following … Continue reading

2 May 2018 · Leave a comment