Hello

For many years it was my job to think in terms of integrated wholes, building lectures into modules, modules into programmes, programmes into degree courses.  Sentences had to become parts of chapters, chapters parts of sections, sections parts of books.  Four years after leaving all that behind I realise that I’ve stopped  thinking not just in that highly organised manner, but in any truly organised form at all.  I have no reason, nor really any desire, to go back to creating degree courses or writing learned books, however, there is a long tradition in literary history of people thinking in fragments, from those who have simply kept a daily journal or anthologised fragments from the works of others, to great essay writers such as Montaigne, Hazlitt and Woolf.  I have no pretensions to be able to either think or write as they did, but I do want to stop my brain atrophying, to fully appreciate the books, theatre performances and discussions with which I engage, to start to think again and the fragmentary nature of the blog seems like the perfect way to do that.  I hope it proves to be the case.

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39 thoughts on “Hello

  1. I really love the way you describe this. I, too, spent years thinking in structured paragraphs, and I hadn’t actively embraced thinking in fragments, but I might now!

    1. I have to be honest and admit I ‘borrowed’ the phrase from a conference. But at the time it struck me that had we not been talking about the work of a rather obscure Italian writer we should have been talking about blogging.

    1. Illness took me out for quite a while and I’ve crept back in carefully because of some problems on the old blog. I was so disappointed you weren’t around. But this is wonderful news. I can hardly contain The Bears. How they will manage to wait until January I simply don’t know.

  2. Dear Alex,

    I found you and your very interesting site when I noted your exchange with Victoria in the Tainted Love string on Tales. If you’re interested, I’d be happy to send you a copy of The Obsession, either paper or ebook.

    Best,

    Tom

  3. Alex,
    I have missed seeing you online and only hope the reason is something pleasant like going to see too many plays. I just read and reviewed the first volume of The Raj Quartet. I’d love to talk about it if you feel like it. I loved it, but I haven’t decided if I will read the whole thing.
    Know we are out here thinking of you, even if you are down. Marilyn

  4. Hi, Alex. I’ve nominated you for the “Mix-It-Up Day: Sunshine Blog Award.” I hope you don’t mind. You can read the rules on my blog at https://creativeshadows.wordpress.com for June 2 (You’ll note that I didn’t absolutely follow the exact rules. If you would like to participate and feel you need the logo of the award–which I just don’t know how to copy–you can access it from http://djamesfortescue.wordpress.com, who nominated me for the award. Also note that I rarely follow the exact rules for an award, like others who have nominated me and whom I have nominated from time to time.) In any case, it’s just an opportunity to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog; follow your heart and keep blogging!

    1. Thanks, SO. I’ll go over to your blog and have a look now. As I’ve said in another reply to you I’m having problems receiving your updates.please don’t think I’ve been ignoring you. I’m going to see what I can do about it right away.

  5. Is it really you? I had wondered and wondered what happened and if you were all right. I’m delighted to find you over here. I’ve been reading through your posts and enjoying them, and wanted to come say hi and that you were missed…and The Bears too, so very much!

    1. Hi Susan, yes, here I am. I had to make a move because of a trolling problem and so came back under another name. The Bears are waving and sending you their best hugs.

    1. Good to meet you, Sylvia. I’ve added you to my blogroll and will come over and visit regularly. Perhaps we might be able to actually meet and discuss the MOOC if you do decide to sign up. I’m in Stratford at some point most weeks.

    1. Hello Anna,

      Thank you very much for your note. I am so glad that you enjoy the blog. I shall be going over to read yours in just a moment. Unfortunately, I’m not eligible for the Liebster as it is only for those who have fewer than 200 followers. Nevertheless, I am very grateful that you feel Thinking in Fragments is worthy of such an honour and I hope you will feel comfortable enough with it’s community to join in the conversation.

      Best Wishes
      Alex.

      1. I deliberately broke the rules. Just wanted to point others to the great blogs I follow, without any restrictions..

        Thank you for your welcoming words, Alex. I’ll really try not to shy away from commenting. 🙂

        All the best,
        Anna

  6. Oh this is great 🙂 When I saw the bears I felt it had to be you 🙂 I have looked often for you in the ether and missed your intelligent and thought-provoking posts: I’m so glad to see you again, get well soon …
    Sent with best wishes,
    Donna

    1. The Bears are well gratified that you remembered them, Donna. Do come and join the conversation sometime. It would be lovely to have you around.

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