#Lockdown Got You Down? Be DULL!

Lord, how the hours hang upon you when you discover that your job is less essential than you thought. Your colleagues you thought so tedious at least entertained you, it seems. Left to your own devices the old ennui as the French say has got you feeling all  Camus and Sartre. Give in: Be Dull! DiscoverContinue reading “#Lockdown Got You Down? Be DULL!”

Maugham: Dull

“Dying is a dull, dreary affair. my advice is that you have nothing whatever to with it.” ― W. Somerset Maugham I don’t think Maugham could have been dull even in the throes of death. He gave Elliott Templeton such a terrific send off in The Razor’s Edge. He credited his success to this symbolContinue reading “Maugham: Dull”

Behn: Dull

A recipe for being dull: “…that perfect Tranquillity of Life, which is no where to be found, but in retreat, a faithful Friend and a good Library…” Surely one might add a distinctive beverage as well? My editor informs me that ‘gin’ appears my manuscript no less than 75 times. So, not on every pageContinue reading “Behn: Dull”

Loos: Dull

Tallulah [Bankhead] never bored anyone, and I consider that humanitarianism of a very high order indeed. ~ Anita Loos This sharp-witted woman was quite a peach, too. A born raconteur, best known for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, she spent many years as a successful scriptwriter from the silent era through Hollywood’s heyday, with a penchant forContinue reading “Loos: Dull”

Thackeray: Dull

“Always to be right, always to trample forward, and never to doubt, are not these the great qualities with which dullness takes the lead in the world?” ― William Makepeace Thackeray Apparently Thackeray’s former home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, is now a restaurant named after the author.