David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

15 November 2013

Announcement : The Saturday Paper

bLOGOS/HA HA congratulates Morry Schwartz

Good morning,
Later today I will be officially announcing my plans to launch a weekly newspaper. I wanted to share this news with you in advance of the general public.
Called The Saturday Paper, this publication will make up for a lack of quality and diversity in Australian journalism. It is a project of which I am extremely proud.
I have been wanting to launch a paper like this since I started in publishing 40 years ago. Like its sister publications, the Monthly and Quarterly Essay, it will produce definitive accounts of the country’s most important news. It will be investigative, provocative and – I hope – compulsory.
We will have more information for you shortly. In the meantime, I am happy to be telling you first and I hope you will come with us on this ride. We will start taking subscribers next year.


Morry Schwartz
The Monthly
Quarterly Essay
The Saturday Paper