Friday, June 23, 2023


REREADING BOB DYLAN’S ‘Chronicles (volume one)’ after 25+ years, I noticed this comment about the Beatles:

…The radio was on from beyond a wall and the sound was coming through in static. The Beatles were singing, "Do You Want to Know a Secret." They were so easy to accept, so solid. I remembered when they first came out. They offered intimacy and companionship like no other group. Their songs would create an empire. It seemed like a long time ago.

"Do You Want to Know a Secret." A perfect '50s sappy love ballad and nobody but them could do it. Somehow there was nothing wussy about it…

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

‘I dread to think what they’d make of it on Dragons’ Den’: how poetry journals survive

Butcher’s Dog magazine was set to close this year, but readers have rallied to fund a year’s reprieve. It’s one of many to get by with few resources but love (from ‘The Guardian’):