September 24, 2011

Candia McWilliam gave a class on memory and imagination in Stockbridge Library in Edinburgh.

Top Tips

Read. Look. Listen. Remember. Read more. Reread. SPY. COLLECT. Observe. TUNE IN. [Do not drop out]. Find the right word for the precise feeling, the word that sounds right and lies happily with the words on either side of it .You are weaving tight and close something that must feel light and transparent. To pay attention is everything. Nothing need ever be wasted.

Reading List

Henry Green Loving
Evelyn Waugh Handful of Dust
Ford Madox Ford The Good Soldier
Giuseppe Tomassi di Lampedusa The Leopard
Elizabeth Bowen The Heat of the Day
Elizabeth Taylor Angel
Alan Warner Morvern Callar 
George Mackay Brown Greenvoe
Julian Barnes Arthur and George
Henry James What Maisie Knew
Sybille Bedford A Legacy
James Hogg Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Henry James The Golden Bowl
Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina
Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary 
Marcel Proust In Search of Lost Time

And for serious lifelong rereading fun A Dance to The Music Of Time by Anthony Powell which will change each time you go back to it.

The list is as long as the time you give it .