I am a Muslim Anarchist: earth-universe is my home; humankind my family; the libraries of the world are my mind; a mother’s tears my heart; the qur’an my soul; non-violence my creed; peace and justice my purpose; dialogue, education and critical reflection my toolbox.
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In The Nun’s Priest’s Tale, the widow has a sheep named Molly. Made me wonder whether Molly of cloning fame was Christened in honour of her Chaucerian namesake. Like my Basildon-mouthed sister-in-law, who names her cats after characters in literature. It’s not an … Continue reading
Today, I read The Tale of Sir Topaz, told by Chaucer’s implied narrator, who in an ironic turn, is a hilariously shite storyteller. After the host interjects and compares his rhyming to a turd, Chaucer’s persona recounts The Tale of Melibee, which … Continue reading
I’ve read and reread two more of Chaucer’s tales today: The Shipman’s Tale and The Prioress’s Tale. The first concerns a businessman, his unnamed wife, and St. John the Monk, who become embroiled in an amusing financial and sexual ménage-a-trois … Continue reading
It’s been tough building a reading guide, but I’ve finally settled on 5 categories drawn from the 10 modules of the licentiate, such that I will now spend each morning reading three texts, one of which – the literary text — I’ll … Continue reading
I’m using my journal to help organise myself into a student and writer. Read books and write journal in morning, work on novel in afternoon: That’s the plan. But what with my laptop still not fully set up and workman … Continue reading
I finished part 3 of the Knight’s Tale this morning, with Palamon’s prayers to Venus, and Emily’s devotions to Diana, and Arcite’s pleas to Mars, ending with Saturn’s intervention. Are the descriptions of the three shrines intended to be over-elaborate? … Continue reading