January 3, 2010By AlexBlog 1 Comment

Starlings have returned to the trees opposite our house. Like the sparrows that once nested in the eaves, chattering and scolding the dawn, I thought the starlings had gone forever. I remember back when we first bought the house my wife and I were out all one night. We went drinking at Charlie Wright’s on … Read More

For sale: baby shoes, never worn

October 22, 2009By AlexBlog No Comments

  In his 1961 essay ‘Writing American Fiction’, Philip Roth addresses the difficulty of being an author in a world as fractured and baffling as “Modern America”. Describing the murder of a set of twins – Pattie and Babs Grimes – Roth analyses in detail the way the story of the girls’ untimely death is … Read More