Academic

Beyond Postmodernism: The End of Theory?

The “post-” prefix is à la mode. Post-politics, post-rock, post-truth, and, perhaps most enduringly, postmodernism. To give the briefest of sketches (which will inevitably be reductive – do consult the linked Wikipedia page and, even better, pick up a textbook at your local library), postmodernism encompasses a broad range of ideas which marked a departure from…… Continue reading Beyond Postmodernism: The End of Theory?

On Writing · Writing

Why I stopped writing fantasy fiction

I fell in love with fantasy at a very young age when I came across my father’s copies of Tolkien’s epic novel The Lord of the Rings. I read the three volumes cover to cover then set my sights on reading his other works, acquiring copies of almost every book pertaining to his legendarium. As a…… Continue reading Why I stopped writing fantasy fiction

Academic · Opinion

An Orwellian dystopia?

The following observations are drawn from an essay I am drafting on surveillance culture, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, flavoured with a little more entertaining gusto than I would put in an academic paper. Use of the adjective “Orwellian” and exaggerative comparison of the aforementioned text to the contemporary political landscape is both…… Continue reading An Orwellian dystopia?

Current Reads

Current Reads: In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

Daniyal Mueenuddin’s first collection is exemplary of modern short fiction done right. Dalia Sofer, in her review of the book for The New York Times, compares it to watching a game of blackjack unfold between shrewd, calculating players: ‘[s]ome bust, others surrender. But in Mueenuddin’s world, no one wins.’ The eight stories of In Other…… Continue reading Current Reads: In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

Opinion

Rogue One and the completion of Darth Vader

You probably don’t care that much about Darth Vader unless you’re knee deep in the extended universe of Star Wars, and to be honest I certainly don’t blame you. Thirty-nine years of branding, adverts and merchandise have turned one of the most iconic villains of science-fiction into a joke, and the confusing prequels seemed to…… Continue reading Rogue One and the completion of Darth Vader