Whenever I mention the brother, who is an actual person, and not a figment of my deranged speculation, I am reminded of Myles Na gCopaleen (aka Flann O’Brien, aka Brian O’Nolan) and his famous column in The Irish Times, which occasionally featured a character known as ‘the brother’. This character is used as a foil, or a useful source of handy sayings. He is the source of the timeless phrase ‘The brother cannot look at an egg’, for some reason one of my favourite sayings of all time, and one which I repeat to myself as a mantra in times of trouble, and sometimes intone out loud, to the bewilderment of my breakfast companions.
Anyhow, the brother – who is evidently, and I must say, gratifyingly, a keen reader of Blanco’s Blog – sends me two quotations from the ‘Wit and Wisdom’ column of The Week. How nicely synchronous of them to find stuff directly related to my posts of 24th and 27th February. The first quote is particularly gratifying, coming as it does from one of my favourite living writers.
“I’ve been fortunate that all the bad reviews I’ve had have been written by idiots. Isn’t it weird how it works out like that?” (Geoff Dyer in The Guardian)
“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks.” (Mathematician Jeff Hammerbacher in The Daily Telegraph)
Blogs, after all, are places to park things that, in the absence of that Irish Times (Myles’s IT, not yr actual factual IT) have no proper home: nomadic words, fugitive thoughts, vagabond theory. So they have plenty of room for the old Jungian moment. Mind, a book can be perfectly happy as a gathering of nonsequiturs, fragments, essais and burst genres, it’s the publishers that don’t like it up em.
Huzzah for Blll – spot on as usual (except when lost in the dark folds of the labyrinth, or pursued by Murder Bear)
My brother takes great and determined pleasure from avoiding my blog at all costs. In other news, both quotes are gems I will now proceed to trot out at dinner-table conversations over coming weeks.