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Ruth GrimsleyThis Diary contains the self moderated personal thoughts of Sheffield`s Bard of Broomhill - Ruth Grimsley. The website editor and Words & Things Group do not always endorse her opinions or any other persons who may wish to contribute.

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641 - Ruth Grimsley
Well, I'm not the only one who thinks about identity. Back to Mr Boyd, I think. Have a look at his "Ordinary Thunderstorms." The hero has three consecutive names in the course of the narrative. First, Adam Kindred - the first man, and, part of the human race. Next "John" - and in some varieties of English vernacular, a "john" is any man. Lastly, he's Primo - again, the first.
SPOILER ALERT
Even more interesting is how, having been wrongly designated a murderer, he does eventually murder someone, although that's only tangential to the main story. Interesting stuff.
17 February 2018 - Dovedale Ward, Sheffield

640 - Ashtoreth de Selby
I can't see why a simple and crass bureaucratic exercise should have caused ANYONE to go into paroxyms of existential agony. But if anyone could, it's Ruth
17 February 2018 - Sunny Tax Haven

639 - Ruth Grimsley
Well, I did find it a somewhat disconcerting experience. Here goes then:-
"Celebrity's always escaped me:
My social life's not very fast,
And when the DEPARTMENT don't know I exist
I'm nobody - at last "
17 February 2018

638 - Laetitia pplonker-ppuller
You don't need to do that, Ruth dear. One of the first comic poems you wrote was called "I'm Nobody," and you wrote it when the DWP wrote to you to ask you to re-establish your official identity. Now, please recite the last verse for us
17 February 2018 - Kensington

637 - Ruth Grimsley
OK, I'll take your word for it
17 February 2018

636 - Tiddles
Um-huh
17 February 2018

635 - Ruth Grimsley
Really?
17 February 2018

634 - Laetitia and Tiddles
We know you find it engrossing, Ruth: a lot of your comic poetry touches on it
17 February 2018

633 - Ruth Grimsley
I've stopped reading Frayn and going to his plays. I can see that he has good qualities as a writer, but he makes me very tense, as his characters get tied up in knots caused by their own venality. Boyd's characters exhibit the same venality, but somehow they grow as human beings as they reap the consequences of it. Life-affirming stuff. Also, Boyd deals obliquely but effectively with the mysteries of identity. When you get to the end of one of his books, you realise how much of it was quietly devoted to exploring this very engrossing subject.
17 February 2018

632 - Tiddles
Same difference
17 February 2018

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