essays on history, myth, ideas, books, film, music…
These essays on BestQuest are reflections on topics I have been interested in for many years, but here revisited and reassessed. You should distinguish between the facts I report, newly researched from the latest sources most of the time, and the opinions I give, which are sometimes eccentric (but insightful, I hope). What I’m trying to do is get a discussion started, not necessarily here, but in readers’ minds. I would be sorry if anybody came here just for the facts I relate. This is not an encyclopedia. It’s a cultural centre. Your feedback sustains me.
Writing these pieces on BestQuest is a nostalgic experience because so often I revisit a topic I thought I knew well only to find I knew nothing, and held opinions I can no longer agree with. I get a picture of the me I was then, a snapshot of my past. Sometimes it seems another person entirely. And even over the eight years of writing here, I am humbled at how clumsily I can write at times, when I once prided myself I could write well. A blog is more spontaneous than writing for publication in print usually is.
My background is in journalism. Some time ago I wrote a book, The Far-Famed Blue Mountains of Harry Phillips, which revived the reputation of a famous but forgotten photographer. My careers include a recent professional position as program co-ordinator and publicist for a community college, which increased its community of learners by almost 250% in my period of service. Other professions include those of journalist, magazine editor and desktop publisher/print designer, and teaching in some of these areas.