Dark Satanic Mills

Many people when they get to a certain age start to wonder where they came from. That was certainly true for me so a few years ago I started to research my family tree. Although there were a few surprises my research confirmed that I my family were ordinary workers. I wanted to find outContinue reading “Dark Satanic Mills”

Noise and hearing

The looms have made McDermott deaf. Well not deaf exactly, but they have changed sound, damaged sound, so that sometimes spoken words seem to come from the bottom of a well, and others have halos around them, gauzy halos that slur sound. This passage, from Anita Shreve’s novel “Sea Glass” , which I finished recently,Continue reading “Noise and hearing”