Release the Bats

by DBC Pierre, Fontana Books, 2016

ECSTACY

I am inspired to think this might be a playwright’s drug. Shifts in affect between characters, alternating warm and stark dialogue, poignant spaces all come to mind with MDMA and its family, As a feel-good drug it probably joins music in posing the danger that amazing feelings get attributed to the writing. Still, nothing some rainy daylight won’t cure. If you can stay still and put your romance on the page, write a play.

Release the Bats

by DBC Pierre, Fontana Books, 2016

OPIUM

If you’re taking it in the vein you’re either going to write a labyrinthine saga or nothing at all. There’s a test for it: where you place a hundred thousand words in a book, and what those words are, opens a spectrum from the worst book ever written to the best as yet unwritten. The words can assemble around any story you’re trying to tell, and the odds of any other work ever being the same are beyond the number of atoms in the universe to calculate. The question is: what will you write? If you can answer this on smack, you’re good to go. Chasing the dragon or making a joint of it could be more lyrical. In quantity this will be a drug for the first draft, or else a long book about your carpet. Otherwise, make notes for after rehab.

Release the Bats

by DBC Pierre, Fontana Books, 2016

HALLUCINOGENS

Not even for a first draft. Tripping expands the writer, not the writing. So probably to get this out of the way before sitting down to work. On its trailing edge a trip might shimmer like a hangover and be useful as it dies, but it’s experimental territory. The leading edge is too fast, and the peak will shake itself free from any purposeful work. Make notes, by all means, whenever the walls are still.

Spitstyd, uitgesoekte rubrieke

deur Wilhelm Jordaan, Litera, 2011

Wanneer lag verband hou met positiewe, vrolike emosie bevorder dit die afskeiding van endorfien (die brein se eie opiaat of pynstiller), wat op sy beurt die endokrienestelsel prikkel om stres te verminder en aangename gevoelens te skep. Terselfdertyd word hormone vrygestel wat die liggaam se immuunstelsel doeltreffender laat funksioneer.

How to live forever: meet the extreme life-extensionists

by Alex Moshakis, theguardian.com, June 23, 2019

Life extensionists (or longevists, or immortalists) fit neatly into two types. The first are rationalists: scientific researchers at the coalface of gerontology, the study of ageing, chipping away at the many technical difficulties of ending entropy. James Strole is the second type. A businessman, he has no formal scientific training, but is nevertheless resolutely committed to the cause, eager to rally behind new findings. He hopes to live indefinitely, or at least until 150. But he is ultimately reliant on researchers finding a way. Consider him less a gerontological groupie than a politely optimistic mega-fan, sitting on the sidelines of science, willing on a major breakthrough. He isn’t alone. Life extensionists have become a fervent and increasingly vocal bunch. Famously, the community includes venture capitalists and Silicon Valley billionaires, non-gerontologists all, and nearly all men, who consider death undesirable and appear to have made so much money they require infinite life in which to spend it. But now mere mortals are joining the throng, heads filled with fantasies of forever. Humans have lusted after immortality for as long as they have been alive. So far the quest has been unsuccessful – we still die! But good news: paradise is reported to be closer now than ever before, and private clinics and online pharmacies are promising to help get us there, “there” being the future, all of it.

Spitstyd, uitgesoekte rubrieke

deur Wilhelm Jordaan, Litera, 2011

Aanraking aktiveer die afskeiding van sekere breinstowwe wat ontwikkeling bevorder, terwyl die afwesigheid van aanraking breinstowwe afskei wat ontwikkeling teenwerk. Dit lyk dus asof die mens van die begin af toegerus is met die biochemie van aanraking. Vir ʼn soort uitruilende osmose wat gebeur in die klein oomblikke wanneer vel liggies teen vel raak en iets vrystel wat nodig is om waarlik mens te wees.

Living to Tell the Tale

by Gabriel García Márquez, Jonathan Cape, 2003

In my third novel, In Evil Hour, written twenty years later, it seemed an act of simple decency not to use concrete or identifiable cases, even though some of the real ones were better than those invented by me. Besides, there were no need to, because I was always more interested in the social phenomena than in the private lives of the victims. I learned only after it had been published that in the poor districts, where those of us who lived on the main square were disliked, many pasquines were reasons to celebrations. The truth is that the pasquines served only as a point of departure for me in a plot I never managed to make real, because what I was writing demonstrated that the fundamental problem was political and not moral, as people believed. I always thought that Nigromanta’s husband was a good model for the military magistrate in In Evil Hour, but while I was developing him as a character he was seducing me as a human being, and I had no reason to kill him, for I discovered that a serious writer cannot kill a character without a persuasive reason and I did not have one.