Recommended reading: “Wagner in the Desert” by Greg Jackson

  As my fortieth birthday was imagined, my closest friends were to gather around a Porsche drinking martinis and practising their aim before setting fire to the Porsche. Obviously this was to happen in the desert and just as obviously it didn’t happen. Falling on a Wednesday gave pretext enough to scale back the celebrations toContinue reading “Recommended reading: “Wagner in the Desert” by Greg Jackson”

“A Hobbling Wight” and Details from the Rijksmuseum

Following a frisbee related injury, I have received intimations of my own fragility and, at least for today, am unable to walk. Appropriate then that I am reading Moby Dick, and while my condition renders the mad, one-legged captain Ahab unusually sympathetic, the narrator, Ishmael reminds me that this fragility is a more usual conditionContinue reading ““A Hobbling Wight” and Details from the Rijksmuseum”

New York, You’re Perfect, No Please Don’t Change a Thing – Review of Super Sad Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

For the past decade we have been living in a post-apocalyptic moment. We have read about it in Cormac McCarthy’s satisfyingly nightmarish The Road, danced to songs about the planes that crash into buildings, “always two by two”, and smiled at those knowingly sing of our demise. The post-apocalypse, you see, is only ever anContinue reading “New York, You’re Perfect, No Please Don’t Change a Thing – Review of Super Sad Love Story by Gary Shteyngart”