To the driver who didn’t stop
OK, you slowed enough to see that
she was staggering but not dead
before you drove off. You’ll agree that
women crossing when the red
is flashing shouldn’t be run over
but then today I guess you drove a
little careless. Neither light
nor traffic bade you not turn right,
and if she’d taken one step further
or been a child for goodness sake
of course you would have hit the brake.
It’s not as if you’ve done a murder.
The bruises where you hit will mend.
Sleep well at night. Go safe, my friend.
WP Bookblog Listing
- Pachinko (Min Jin Lee 2017) 12 December 2017I'm yielding to pressure from my chief reading-adviser (as in 'why don't you read any of the fabulous books I recommend to you?') and finally cracking this open.
- Veronica Mars Season 1 (Rob Thomas 2004) 12 December 2017A female teen detective that completely passed us by when it first came out, this is witty, complex, unsettling, benign, and I can see why it became a cult (if it did). Kristen Bell is perfect.
- The Secret Scripture (Jim Sheridan 2016) 8 December 2017This has a miraculous performance by Vanessa Redgrave as an old woman who has been in a mental institution for more than 40 years. It also has a gobsmackingly improbable plot twist, which probably worked in Sebastian Barry's novel because it's well justified, but it just creaks like old hips in the movie.
- Overland 228 (Jacinda Woodhead 2017) 7 December 2017It's the centenary of Russia's October Revolution. Of course Overland mentions it, though this is hardly r=the left equivalent of the queen's jubilee year.
- The Good Place season 2 (Michael Schur 2017) 29 November 2017The first few episodes of season one were a bit dreary, but now that the truth about Good Place has been revealed this is wonderful, theologically nonsensical fun.
- Pachinko (Min Jin Lee 2017) 12 December 2017
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- The Book Group and James Rebanks’ Shepherd’s Life
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- Adam Aitken’s Archipelago
- November verse 12: from Twitter
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- November verse 10: Dear Tony
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- Philip Pullman’s Belle Sauvage
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- The Book Group and Svetlana Alexievich’s Chernobyl Prayer