Through a glass, darkly

We have to find our way through this world even though none of our reference points really makes complete sense. I have used those images and ideas which interest me most – European history, cycling, physics, sitting in cafes – as metaphors for the ephemeral nature of this world, and also as metaphors for each other. The confusion this generates helps me make sense of it all. More

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About Dickie Twort

After many years of gathering dust, I’ve finally hauled my famous novel out into the sunlight! It’s not actually very famous yet, but that’s where you come in …
The title derives from a Biblical quote, which beautifully expresses the perplexity of our condition: namely that we have to live, even though none of the reference points we get our bearings from really makes complete sense.
Suceava railway station - dark, cold, smelly ... and inspirational. That was a long time ago, and it's a bit more civilised there now, but that initial image from North-Eastern Romania was so intense that it insisted in generating a story out of itself.
Having emerged from that station into the shadowy world beyond, a thousand debates and discussions and conversations since have immeasurably enriched my sense of unknowing, and formed the backdrop to "Through a glass, darkly".
But I'm privileged to be able to call to mind any number of vivid images - cycle tours of Europe, the seafront of Sidmouth – along with all sorts of ideas which straddle the boundaries between physics, philosophy, politics - the revolving quantum signpost, the democracy train, and many others which I hope you will find as perplexing as I do when you read these pages.
Several of these ideas still get tossed to and fro in our regular student conferences in Romania: take a look at www.cascaid.org.uk

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