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?
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
Whenever I swore as a young man my grandfather would threaten me with the strangest remarks. Mind your tongue or I’ll wash your mouth out with soap. He was a classic gentleman, that breed which began to grow rarer and rarer as the century declined to a close. He was brought up in humble conditions,…… Continue reading The Endurance of Wool
The writing has been slow recently. Here is a snippet from something I’ve been working on for my creative writing module, still very rough so please be gentle. He does not wake up in the same way that other people do. Other people wake up slowly as they become aware of their fingers and their…… Continue reading Excerpts: Carver and Moore
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?
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
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