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Ripley’s Game by Patricia Highsmith *** — 30 Dec 2016

Reading dates: 19—24 December 2016

I liked ‘Ripley’s Game’ less that any of the others so far but the reason is simple: Tom Ripley shares his protagonist role with someone else who becomes his sidekick but who is not as good as Tom on the page. Yet, from the point Tom appears by surprise on a certain train journey, the whole book changes for me, although I am still not convinced he needs a companion. It may work for Sherlock and Batman, and it does blur Ripley even more, but I am looking forward to selfish Tom looking out for himself and his interests, instead of trying out psychology on his neighbours. On to the next one …

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Today, 6am — 30 Dec 2016

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Ripley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith **** — 29 Dec 2016

Reading dates: 16—19 December 2016

While on holiday in India, and after reading ‘His Bloody Project’, nothing could satisfy me. I started ‘Crime and Punishment’ for the third time but was often more enthused by the clumsy bat and ball game next to me. Then I remember a conversation I had with Rob Wringham about the Ripliad and how I read the first of the five books relatively recently. So I found a reading project to complete: to read them in order. The second in the series is wonderfully gripping, with plenty of what makes Highsmith’s writing come alive: the details of the murders themselves, Ripley’s worry, his high life, the cities he travels too. It is a perfect holiday read, with intrigue, dubious morals and art forgeries. It is also written in Highsmith’s efficient style, which I find quite unique. It is evocative and, while I don’t consider it poetic or beautiful, it does what it needs to do for the main character. Her creation of Tom Ripley is an absolute success and in this book he comes alive (where in the previous one seemed still a bit of a caricature to me, just a calling card and origin story). I am already on to the next one, of course.

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Today, 6am — 29 Dec 2016

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His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet ***** — 28 Dec 2016

Reading dates: 5—14 December 2016

Set in the Highlands of Scotland and with vivid witness and court accounts, this novel is one of the most intelligent and enjoyable books I have read all year. Burnet does not overdo either the plot or the prose and the novel is perfectly pitched, like a well-seasoned dish. I very much enjoyed the language, the strange Scottish words—he provides a helpful glossary embedded in the middle of the book. The characters and the story are absolutely believable and the way the story is told, with reference to the author, is an effective device reminiscent of The Quixote. I love crime fiction, mainly because it is a genre that lends itself to the literary although this is seldom achieved. Burnet does it with ease and elegance.

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Today, 7am — 20 Dec 2016

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Today, 7am — 19 Dec 2016

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Today, 7am — 18 Dec 2016

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Today, 6am — 16 Dec 2016

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Today, 7am — 15 Dec 2016

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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.