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Dr Alistair Brown
Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more


Snug on a through train to sixty-five
You found yourself buffered into
Terminal retirement.

Work suckled you with significance then
Left you orphaned, a silver plate worth
Several pounds your empty recompense.

At first routine commuted you through from nine-till-five
Until you realised that waking an hour earlier than necessary
Meant one day unfilled every twenty four.

Now the trivialís magnificent:
A nail tapped to a loose plank
Is a minute fixed to an hour.

Time hangs flabby on the kitchen door.
Soon, clock dripping hands tripping
You will slip off the edge of your seat.

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This page was published on June 15, 2008 | Keywords: retirement, tiredness, sleep, work

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