Russian – Vladmir Nabokov describes it best: “No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”
Some of my favourite things: America, astronomy, books, bizarre natural phenomenon, Disney, Hawaii, Japan, Kitsch, maps, menswear, nauticality, New Sincerity, obscure sorrows, strange stories from history, the South Pole, zoology. My name is Matthew Hamblion and I am a writer and musician living in Brighton, England.