Tonepoems and teaspoons

Now, we might be forgiven for thinking that German Romanticism was not the most whimsical of musical traditions. The Wagerian Gesamtkunstwerk is all about coherence and unity, and things on a gargantuan scale. Anything that demands we sit still for four hours

Tonepoems and teaspoons

Now, we might be forgiven for thinking that German Romanticism was not the most whimsical of musical traditions. The Wagerian Gesamtkunstwerk is all about coherence and unity, and things on a gargantuan scale. Anything that demands we sit still for four hours

Adding insult to whimsy

A not-very rigorous survey of Google gives us twice the hits for ‘horribly whimsical’ as ‘wonderfully whimsical’, although this may just prove that the internet gathers negative opinions like fly-paper. As many of these posts have suggested, whimsy often seems to

Adding insult to whimsy

A not-very rigorous survey of Google gives us twice the hits for ‘horribly whimsical’ as ‘wonderfully whimsical’, although this may just prove that the internet gathers negative opinions like fly-paper. As many of these posts have suggested, whimsy often seems to

Whimsy and Tyranny

The home, with its minutae and domesticity, seems harmless enough, and the perfect place for whimsy. Xavier de Maistre’s Voyage Autour de ma Chambre (1794), subverts the Renaissance voyage of discovery by writing an extended travel narrative which only takes in his bedroom.

Whimsy and Tyranny

The home, with its minutae and domesticity, seems harmless enough, and the perfect place for whimsy. Xavier de Maistre’s Voyage Autour de ma Chambre (1794), subverts the Renaissance voyage of discovery by writing an extended travel narrative which only takes in his bedroom.

Whimsy and the mini-break

In a chest of drawers in Tewkesbury Abbey gatehouse, owned by the Landmark Trust, there is a branded whimsy puzzle made by Wentworth. The jigsaw, when complete, is a photograph of the gatehouse itself. Like all Landmark Trust properties, the

Whimsy and the mini-break

In a chest of drawers in Tewkesbury Abbey gatehouse, owned by the Landmark Trust, there is a branded whimsy puzzle made by Wentworth. The jigsaw, when complete, is a photograph of the gatehouse itself. Like all Landmark Trust properties, the

Ugly Tones

If whimsy is a distraction from the main event, it may, too, sound distracted, even irritable: such is the scope of the mercurial. But who hears it clearest, and what do they hear? Sianne Ngai prefers to think about Ugly

Ugly Tones

If whimsy is a distraction from the main event, it may, too, sound distracted, even irritable: such is the scope of the mercurial. But who hears it clearest, and what do they hear? Sianne Ngai prefers to think about Ugly

Whimsical Heidegger?

Now, here’s a thing. Heidegger was not, so far as we know, very interested in whimsy. Whimsical people, or even people interested in whimsy, are also unlikely to be interested in Heidegger. But perhaps he could have been, and perhaps

Whimsical Heidegger?

Now, here’s a thing. Heidegger was not, so far as we know, very interested in whimsy. Whimsical people, or even people interested in whimsy, are also unlikely to be interested in Heidegger. But perhaps he could have been, and perhaps

The Pure Waywardness of Desire

John Cheever’s short stories glint with unusual objects and desires. His is a skittish suburbia as close to David Lynch or Donald Barthelme as Richard Yates. Enormous radios tune in to neighbourhood rows; men swim miles of suburban swimming pools

The Pure Waywardness of Desire

John Cheever’s short stories glint with unusual objects and desires. His is a skittish suburbia as close to David Lynch or Donald Barthelme as Richard Yates. Enormous radios tune in to neighbourhood rows; men swim miles of suburban swimming pools