Monthly Archives: February 2020

Feb. 28/20 Cats







Why are cats so funny? Maybe because they are not conscious of being funny.

Sir Roger Scruton; “Fictional worlds require imagination from both the reader and the writer.” And “Romantic love is an invention of the western world. It is a unique idea. It requires an immense effort to lift the erotic to the spiritual.”

I enjoyed listening to him so much. All the tip sheets are done. June has just had her last chemotherapy treatment and I’ll take some flowers over to her. Hoping for the best.

Feb. 25/20 — 3000 book plates to sign and an intrusive interviewer






HarperCollins needed 3000 book plates signed, to be inserted into copies of Simon The Fiddler, and I actually managed to get it done although with signs of incipient carpal tunnel showing up. Set up a ‘signing place’ in the guest room, and got to work at least part of every day. Set up my iPhone and listened to Youtube videos of Sir Roger Scruton — ‘On Beauty and Consolation’, and various other things, so it was worth it.

Am considering writing something about the various attacks on American Dirt, de-latforming and so on, and how many otherwise obscure people are trying to ride on her sudden fame, or the media attention she is getting, and deplatforming in general, and an interviewer with whom I never should have spoken (she is pursuing my friends and family as I speak) and like many authors, thinking. “But this interview was supposed to be about my book!”

Well, it was my last interview so it is appropriate that it should have been astonishing.

Deplatforming/cancel culture —- look up ‘tortious interference’ on wikipedia.  People should be sued. I would, in a heartbeat.