The latest Imaginality video is live. This week a short video due to Easter, but to the point. Find some inspiration and then create.
Death wondered what these feelings were. Death didn’t feel. These feelings were because Death was manifesting this human form. That was the reason these feelings were taking place. How aberrant, yet beautiful and how overwhelming too.
The latest episode from Darren’s Imaginality is now live…
Darren gets bored with his room and decides to head out for a little change of scenery. Once there he shares a little on perspective, before offering three tips on finding inspiration when it is being elusive. Oh and there’s the sea too.
The Be Prepared Episode is now available from Imaginality
This was always going to be a difficult read. The Quarry is the final book to be written by Iain Banks before he died of Cancer. One of the main characters in the book is, yes, dying of cancer. Since the publication of The Wasp Factory Banks has dealt with extreme and dark situations. The Quarry isn’t as extreme and dark as that, but it does step from one shadow to the next.
The story revolves around a group of old university friends having a reunion one weekend about twenty years since their course. It is told through the eyes of Kit, the son of Guy, who is the man dying. The dialogue is gritty, earthy and hard-hitting. In one sense it explores the fact that all the characters, and perhaps us the reader, are all dying / failing / insignificant* (delete deepening which metaphor you want to explore). It doesn’t pull any punches but never dissolves into sentimentality or kitsch.
The Quarry is humanity in all its depravity and futility, yet also in all its fellowship and potential. This won’t bring you tears of joy, or indulge you in escapism. You may find yourself staring at the pages and seeing yourself in the words you read. Banks holds a mirror. As we look into it we see our lives… this was always going to be a difficult read.