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Something Fresh by P. G. Wodehouse*** — 31 Oct 2014

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Reading dates: 30 August – 23 October 2014

For a long time but a short amount of pages, I thought this book was not for me. Although I mildly enjoyed some of the Jeeves and Wooster adventures, I was disheartened by this story. All changed, however, as soon as I arrived to Blandings Castle, met the unreliable host and lived in its architectural surroundings, which would make anyone clumsy. It is comforting, well written and witty, despite its shaky beginning. It feels so effortless, I can imagine it takes a substantial amount of talent to make a story like this work and be satisfactory, not forgotten within ten minutes of closing the book (unlike some of the crime fiction I read). It is still not my preferred type of book —it is a matter of timings I think— but I am glad I have read it.

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Tripwire by Lee Child ** — 12 Oct 2014

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Reading dates: 25 September – 12 October 2014

I will be brief, for I am not sure this book deserves our time. I started it at the airport, on the first day of my holiday (Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Washington DC), and finished it as I touched down in Glasgow, from Reykjavik. It was a good read for the road, undemanding, gripping enough to keep me going, but, like the Bolt Bus I was traveling on, it was also utterly forgettable. The book is lucky I was in a constant state of mild tiredness because I could forgive some of the horrendous editing. A book to pass time, definitely not food for the soul. Yet, Reacher remains an interesting character. If only they had let me go through the proofs with a red pen …

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.