Peter’s Corner

Peter's Corner

‘The absurdity behind the sense, the sense behind the absurdity.’

 
Peter Cox is a participant and volunteer, and has attended CoolTan Arts for seven years. He has been involved in performing poetry, writing, petty cash records and Largactyl Shuffle walk research. Over the coming weeks, he will regularly post his thoughts on absurdity and the arts.

Peter’s Corner: Apologising

The comedian Tim Vine has a joke about a man told to stop apologising who says “Sorry, it’s a bad habit of mine- I’m really sorry about it”, but once when at a disciplinary meeting at work, because I had been seen shaving in one of the firm’s toilets, I could not apologise enough.

Every time that my manager told me to shave at home before coming to work and I apologised, he repeated himself thus forcing me to apologise yet again, and I still feel annoyed after 12 years that I was made to keep on apologising in this way, … Read More »

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Peter’s Corner: Thoughts About Thinking

I have always thought I am a good thinker, and have a small
replica of the sculpture called The Thinker by Rodin from
someone who also thought I was a good thinker.

But I have always thought I think too much, and too many
thoughts can cause confusion.

I thought I would try meditation,but found that it was not a form
of thinking, but a way of getting away from thinking. Having said
that, I believe Descartes when he said “I think, therefore I am”, so
you must always be thinking even if you don’t think you are thinking.

But I could not stop thinking and be still, so … Read More »

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THE SHORT STORY WRITER

I was critical of a joke on the back of a matchbox- ” What do you call a midget who writes novels? A short story writer”.

The word “midget” was, of course, in dubious taste. But also, the joke was flawed. In the term “short story writer”, the word short goes with story, as we don’t usually speak merely of story-writers..

A writer who is short can be a short writer, but a short story writer who is short must always be a short short story writer.

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