After Nature

by W.G. Sebald Three long-form poems, best read as prose. After Nature comprises three long poems. Their subjects are, in order: the 16th-century painter Matthias Grunewald; the 18th-century botanist, zoologist, physician and explorer Georg Wilhelm Steller, and his place on the Bering expedition to farmost eastern Russia; and Sebald's own early life. To be honest,…

Doodle

I don't have an artistic bone in my body, but the iPad Brushes app makes cheating very easy.

On the Natural History of Destruction

by W.G. Sebald. An extended essay on the ‘scandalous deficiency’ of texts about the Allied bombing of Germany. This is an astonishing book. I put off reading it for ages, due to the specialist nature of its thesis: the paucity of German texts about the Allied bombing of Germany in the Second World War. But…