Good to see so many artists and creatives using blogs and social media to entertain themselves and others. I'm sure when this is all over, we'll emerge blinking into the sunlight not wanting to hear another poem as long as we live. In today's video I ask William Shakespeare what he feels about Patrick Stewart's daily Sonnet - note he uses the Elizabethan spelling Stuart- and introduce to those who don't know it the perfect book for our times, the young French officer, Xavier De Maistre's 'Journey round my Room' written during a six week house arrest in the year 1790.
A travelogue featuring Xavier propelling himself round his room in various directions and at various angles, the book uses objects and furniture found en route to inspire memories and contemplation, and was a major inspiration to Marvel Proust. A great article on this book is to be read here: