Democrat Blue or Republican Red? Both were appropriated post-FDR by rival factions of corporate and lineage big capital, to ringfence key voter demographics. The false dichotomy is designed to divide and rule the American people, so entrenched power can exploit the many and reward the few without regulation or restriction. What about the ideal ‘anyone can become President’? Do we need to Make America – Americans – Great Again?

we’re in the yangtime now. Conditions have changed. Just as important, any younger friends are now the age I was when we went through the unusual quid pro quo, when I benefited from the hopeful energy. I’m antsy because of the sense of closing time and opportunity. So scribbling away, in my spare time, observing the ho-hum-flow.

Gothic means many things to different people. It’s a much overused term but, that said, Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) and Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) are two of the finest exemplars of the gothic novel – this much is received wisdom – but their evocation of the gothic ideal is as different as the shadow and stone.

Lying around listening to podcasts vaguely reading news and Twitter, independent, autonomous. It was always so important – from as early as I was conscious of myself as a thing unto itself, in a world of things peopled by other things unto themselves – to be free. Freedom. Not just saying the word, or taking […]

My phone just pinged to tell me the International Space Station is passing overheard so I hauled myself out of bed onto the terrace. It’s warm out, still in the middle of a heatwave, but night and gently breezy. It’s actually really quite nice. There’s not a cloud in the sky and the twenty or […]