On Beauty and Identity


On Beauty and Identity
For many years I have enjoyed, if that is the right word, good looks. I am sceptical about whether or not it is possible to enjoy being beautiful since my experience of this has been largely a negative one.
I was inspired to write this partly by listening to Will Self begin a podcast, for radio 4’s programme entitled A Point of View, with a negative suggestion about beauty; I suspect that Will Self would have gone on to oppose this negative view, since with most lectures, which we were taught as undergraduates, the speaker provides the thesis and then the antithesis, which is usually the opposite of his original stance at the beginning of his lecture, which is the point of lectures, or good essays; they are exploratory. I will make no specific reference to Will Self’s lecture here because I didn’t listen to it…

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Currently, whist working on long fiction, I write short stories, poetry, essays and blog weekly. I appeared on Blog Talk Radio, 2016, interview across continents with Susan Wingate. See my twitter account: herziloph, pinned tweet; Award nominee, Jointly-published and Indie writer. Nominated for the Avon and Authonomy First Lines prize, 2014 and the H. G. Wells Grand Prize for Fiction, 2013. My flash fiction is published with Open: Journal of Arts and Letters.

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