I’m Jem and in this eclectic collection of posts I share some books, films, art and design and whatever ruminations I’ve been having. I’m a freelance editor who writes a bit and also enjoys graphic design.
For over a decade I worked for a children’s and educator’s publisher, which brought me into weekly contact with a stream of books sent for review.
Maybe this explains why I never lost my ability to escape into that world of the imagination.
I wrote the following explanation when I began blogging in 2012:
I certainly feel more and more that the past is not past, that it never was past. It’s present.
Harold Pinter, 1971
We can all think back to certain books, films, places, pictures or people that once impressed us when young, and that are still influencing us today in the things we choose to read, view or explore… it’s a blueprint for what we enjoy now. I’m digging up the books, films, places, pictures or people that might once have impressed a 1970s child and looking out for their offspring.
There’s a focus on a particular era: somehow I’m drawn to a particular atmosphere from somewhere in the early sixties and up to the end of the seventies – it’s not nostalgia, but an appreciation for a certain set of themes or ideas or ways of design. And what that is, I’m trying to explore…
Books and films and music, art and design, Albion and Ambrosia.
If you’re wondering, ‘Albion’ is just a way to suggest Great Britain in its ancient form: the oaks, the rivers, the stones, those things that laugh last. ‘Ambrosia’ is from the 1963 film of Keith Waterhouse’s book Billy Liar, an alternative land that Billy escapes to in his imagination, away from things that are small, narrow and dull. It’s anything that clears the fog in a sometimes mundane world…