I’m reading The Great Influenza: The story of the deadliest pandemic in history by John M. Barry (Penguin, 2009 edition). It seemed appropriate.
I’ve been thinking about the memoir and what it needs in terms of rewriting. Other people have given me ideas, some of which I shall probably use, and others keep aside for other projects. Nothing is wasted.
Also been reading other people’s writing and enjoying providing whatever feedback might be useful. I have been working at academic proofreading and have another thesis booked in on the 17 August.
There’s an essay brewing in my head. Written words on a page by hand to start a plan of what I want to include, but that’s as far as I’ve got. I think I shall soon simply start writing something in order to have some words that can then be played with, moved around, and transformed.
Nothing about the pandemic has encouraged me to write, as such. That comes from inside, a building up of ‘not writing’ that eventually leads to a massive burst of activity, from which I can create something. That sounds weird, but it’s true.
I am working my way through the TrueAnon podcast series! This is the podcast created by Liz Franczak and Brace Belden, two ‘unlicensed private investigators’ with a decided left wing take on things political and historical. It’s much more than just the Epstein case, and they interview some very knowledgeable people. Today I listened to them talk with Vincent Bevins about his book The Jakarta Method: Washington’s anti-communist crusade and the mass murder program that shaped our world. It’s terrifying and horrible what has been done, and I’m grateful to people like Bevins (and Franczak and Belden) for bringing it to our attention again.