“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Reasons to be Cheerful (Part Seventeen)

Monday I woke with an unexpected and unwanted feel-like-shit-no-energy-fuckoff-headache virus which put me out of action for a few days. I took the small advantage I could and just read a book (Weller, M. 2014. The Battle for Open: How openness won and why it doesn't feel like victory) which helped me to clarify much in the digital education landscape and thus a significant later part of my thesis.

And then, after a few days - lovely! - that slow but sure rush back to vigorous health and energy - it's me! I'm here! As a character in a 19th century novel, this withdrawal from the ebb and flow of the world would show my emotional tumult (or perhaps its opposite my windswept and barren emotional desert), an important stage in my self-development, a few days to process events and meanings in my life, bringing my existence to its desired conclusion: more existence, but changed, subtly altered.

A very far from sober and yet energised and fruitful meeting about The Love Café, a new and potentially dramatic project into the future...

And talking of drama (er...) I had always been intrigued by the title, but didn't know what it was exactly: Sweeney Agonistes. It's a verse drama, but unfinished, and I listened to it as a radio adaptation - and I remain nonplussed by its mixture of what reaches toward (but doesn't quite achieve) solemnity in its themes and language, matched with jazz arrangements.

I think I would have to read it at some point to come to a better judgement, but at the moment I remain unconvinced by some of the characterisation and perhaps the dialogue. But. It isn't finished and I yet remain intrigued so Eliot succeeded somehow with his shoring fragments...


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