See if you can guess the book from these five opening lines… 1. I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, tho’ not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first in Hull. 2. Buck did not read the newspapers, or he […]

I was thinking today about how the ‘magic’ element of a novel manifests itself. By that I mean: ‘Who controls the magic?’ and ‘Who gave them that control in the first place?’ Of course, you have to jump in there at some point in the time continuum, or you have no story. But your ‘a […]

I first became a fan of Ornette Coleman back in the early 1980s, when I took out At The Golden Circle Vol. 1 from the local library. What appealed to my cold and distant teenage soul was the Blue Note-designed LP cover. The icy backdrop, the too cool for jazz-school threesome, the black & white […]