Wandering On Chesil Beach

“Their wedding night, and they had nothing to say.” I devoured On Chesil Beach in two sittings, taking advantage of the warm air and the small old table that has become my desk in my small garden, a square plot of grass and some messy flowerbeds that I’ve never paid much attention to but has…

Drink Up BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD

(note: spoilers) I’ve always been interested in the concept of time travel, its philosophical implications as well as the fun, mad practice of it, so it was inevitable that I was to devour Before the Coffee Gets Cold, a Japanese novel about a cafe which can send you back in time. But there are hard,…

A Kingdom of Posh Boys

How big is the world? It’s a question with an answer in constant flux. The world was once divided into four-walled rooms, extending only as far as a fence or front door. It is also what’s told in technicolour from behind a glass screen, images and shapes that might not make sense but seem to…

Studying A PHILOSOPHY OF WALKING

On the whole, we don’t think much of walking anymore. It is a necessary act to transition from A to B, and even then a largely unwelcome one. Why walk when one can drive? Walking is the simplest and most base form of transport, but it has gradually been eradicated from public life. For those…

The Personal is Political in DOWNSIZING

I burned through Tom Watson’s Downsizing in the first two days of 2020 and found it indelibly refreshing. Partly this was because it’s rare to read a book by a politician which isn’t entirely about politics (or so we think); but largely, because the mere existence of Downsizing is so unexpected. Watson illustrates this in…

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…

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:…

And Now My Watch Has Ended

So I’ve finally started watching GAME OF THRONES And I can’t stop watching I love it Asdfghjwerfghb Read the books. Hell no, they’re like 1000 pages each. -May 18th, 2013 Most of those words were written by a young boy, an unequivocal sweet summer child, who, little did he know, had just discovered a story…

VICES of Power

Spoilers for Vice. Vice is both brilliant and frustrating. As a big, big, big fan of The Big Short and Anchorman, I was ridiculously excited for Adam McKay’s next political docu-drama, Vice, focusing on George W. Bush’s Vice President Dick Cheney. The Big Short proved that McKay’s move from comedy to political filmmaking (or rather,…