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April 2nd a year ago, I started this Blog “The Parrish Lantern” because I realised that I had the correct mixture of wisdom and high ideal the world was waiting for, that I contained within my person the high octane mix of erudition & humility needed for this crusade, that without my sage words, the literary world was heading down the Niagara Falls without a barrel………………ERhhhhhhmmm, hummm (embarrassed coughing), sorry about that---- I’ll start again, April 2nd a year ago, I started this Blog “The Parrish Lantern because I was BORED yep truly, deeply, BORED, I was recovering from a bike accident, which had involved surgery on my knee (6 months off work). I was reading, an enormous amount of books of all natures, including a lot of detective tales, ( a phase I go through once in a while) because they take no effort, when I came across a new detective book, “ The Savage Detectives” by Roberto Bolano. You can imagine my surprise when on starting it, I discovered it’s true nature. Well I wanted to find out more & whilst searching, hunting, tracking down information about this fantastic new author (to me) I discovered blogging and the book blogs. So on this day a year ago I posted my very first missive, predominantly to set out my intentions..
What it says on the tin
Hopefully when I find my way round, this will be a place to discuss the books we like, music that soundtracks our lives & that glass of fine malt that rounds of a fine evening. So to start this with my list of the moment it’s subject to change as part of life's discovery process & my mood.
Books of the moment are or have been a journey through the works of Haruki Murakami, at the moment “what I talk about when I talk about running” &”The making of Scotch Whisky” by John R.Hume & Michael S. Thomas.
Music I am listening to Is Tom Waits & Scott Walker.
Ardbeg 17yr old is my favourite Whisky all though I am willing to have my mind changed by trying any others I find or am advised upon.
thanks for now.
Now, around a hundred posts later and what has changed? Well, apart from my detective phase has passed (again) my reading has expanded, I’m again reading on a scale I used to in my younger days. I’ve discovered loads of fantastic blogs and made a few friends, also although I’ve retained the right (in my cantankerous obstinate way), to post on my favourite music, whisky etc. this has faded to a certain extent, with books taking the prominent place. I have read more literature from around the world, as I become more aware of what’s out there (thanks to those blogs that specialise in this) and as I’ve grown more comfortable in this role, one of my first loves - Poetry has increased it’s role on the blog, with posts on specific books, and my picking of a particular poet/poem once a month under the banner
pomes ALL SIZES
But the mission statement is the same, as the idea here is to create a virtual private club with this statement on the sign……….
I want this to be a place that when you join, you can express your own likes. This is where we can exchange ideas on Authors, Artists & Whisky. So please feel free to join & add your own thoughts. As a polite introduction to a new idea, whether its a book, some music or malt whisky is always welcome.
So this is the first anniversary for “The Parrish Lantern” & hopefully will be the first of many.
Now back to the subtitle, Serendipity – how to make a positive out of a negative, well that’s easy to answer, and I will do it in the form of a Big Hearty thanks to all those that have supported this blog, from those who’ve been there from the early days, to those who follow now.