Journeying Through THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

“All men are created equal, unless we decide you are not a man.” Reading and reviewing The Underground Railroad has been a long time coming. I first bought the book when I was a student at Queen Mary in London, circa late 2017, but it wasn’t until late 2019 that I finally got around to…

Is This HOW DEMOCRACY ENDS?

Much ink has been spilt since 2016 on the question of whether democracy is coming to an end. The rise of right-wing strongmen to positions of elected office in Brazil, Turkey, the Philippines, the United States and the United Kingdom, amongst others, men who routinely express a greater desire for self-preservation than for the preservation…

Haven’t You Heard of HAVEN’T YOU HEARD?

One of the most common complaints about politics, regardless of country, is that it’s boring. Grey men and women in grey suits and dresses, speaking in a language which feels wholly unfamiliar to the language that we speak and entirely indecipherable. Are they even human? The levels of ambition and sociopathy required for any kind…

Winning was Easy, Young Man, Governing’s Harder

There were three overriding feelings coursing through my body at 22:00 last night. Firstly, the sadness that Labour was suffering its fourth election defeat and en route to being out of government for at least fourteen years. Secondly, the cold recognition that all of my public and private predictions of how the result would go…

Streaming Wars are Creator Wars

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has had a good week. Not only did she win a bunch of Emmy Awards for Fleabag, her universally acclaimed sitcom/drama, but she is the latest in a long line of creators to sign a humongously expensive first-look deal with a streaming service – $20m per year to exclusively develop content for Amazon…

Where Are The CAPITALIST SUPERHEROES?

For most people, the thought that superheroes and popular blockbusters can be discussed within an analytical framework of capitalism and political philosophy doesn’t cross their mind. They seem antithetical, in all fairness. Superheroes are for children and feature (allegedly) vacuous stories which can be boiled down to a series of punches, kicks and dubious internal…

Experiencing DREAMS FROM MY FATHER

Barack Obama’s presidential legacy is a complicated issue for the current Democratic Party, alongside all those who consider themselves liberal or left-wing. He is personally beloved, admired and respected throughout the world for his professionalism, grace and wisdom with which he carried out his presidency. People long to return to the stability of the Obama…

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Does Whatever Disney Can’t

WOAH WHAT THE FUCK The above is vaguely reminiscent of my initial response to last night’s news that Sony and Disney’s deal to creatively share Spider-Man, enabling him to feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (operated by Disney/Marvel Studios) while still being owned by Sony, is dead. It was a landmark deal back in 2015:…

GOOD OMENS is Good

A creative title. If you’re looking for a story which encompasses pretty much all facets of sci-fi and fantasy, a story which is improbably mad and fascinating, and a story featuring protagonists you can read in the voices of Michael Sheen and David Tennant, then you’d be hard-pressed to find a story more suitable than…

Learning HOW TO STOP TIME

(spoilers) It does me little pleasure to write a negative review of a book, especially when it comes so highly acclaimed; its front cover contains proclamations of positivity from Stephen Fry, Graham Norton and Marian Keyes. But, besides some enjoyable writing here and there and fun moments, I couldn’t get into How to Stop Time….