Archive for Dylan Thomas

The Dark Satanic Mill – Recreation Gym, South Melbourne

Posted in Observation, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

A gym is like a gothic cathedral; everything from the architecture to the fittings to the music should conspire to project your energy upward. Training is a ritual experience. It’s a celebration of values though action. Continue reading

In My Craft or Sullen Art

Posted in Reading, Real Men with tags , on December 29, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

Writing is hard. Fighting is much easier, in a way; if you train hard and win, you progress. With writing, you can work assiduously, but ‘success’ (finding an audience) seems to come down to ‘market forces’, or whatever else governs publication. The simple fact of all this, however, is that it’s whinging. Both are arts; styles of asceticism and require sincere, selfless dedication.

The impulse to quit is grounded in vanity. When I need a righteous kick in the pants, Dylan Thomas is the man I go to see. Continue reading

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