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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


Waking Sunday Mornings

Hush! The church’s collective silence
Feels a reverenced ample air.
Fell the thoughts with one swift violence
Cast the temple's door ajar!

Servile minds beneath kneeling hair-do’s Twist into an angry face:
Interruptions kill the peacetime,
Pause the trail to perfect grace.

Nail the atheistic charter
To those cross who mutter now,
Tendering thoughts of ire and laughter,
Tender grief for Love not found.

Or declare the second coming
(Time’s blood concedes this a plausible shout)
Return the stares of disbelieving.
Where's the benefit of the doubt?

Wake the Church’s smug snug snoozing
The congregate of bloating air
Close the temple door behind you,
Enter the yard, and turn back there.

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Agressive and with unsubtle ambiguities, I still cannot help but be pleased with the outcome of this piece of comedic banter.

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This page was published on June 15, 2008 | Keywords: church, religion, atheism, fear of death

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