22 Couplets Contra Discordia

Above all, pity for Hebe, apple juice soaking her skirtsWho wiped up after the tables turned, reflecting. Not fit for worship sheWho twisted Euphorbius’ spear in the guts of Patroclus: When a bunny man and his centaur pet sayThey know not why they did – Believe them And ask whose hand then Lit the millennial fuseContinue reading “22 Couplets Contra Discordia”

Twin Peaks episode 43

Back on Diane with Rosie and Adam for the first time in ages. Went apeshit on the research for this one. Season 3 episode 16 is, as we say in the podcast biz, an utter banger of a TV show, throwing blue vortices of meaning and allusion out into the world with every other line.Continue reading “Twin Peaks episode 43”


New Model Weird Britain (part two: Brighton via Anaklia) Initially the aesthetic deployment is as exhausting as it is exhausted – recirculated street-art, the endless noughnties of the mind and the city, where graffiti acts as a territorial marking signifying only: ‘this is gentrifiable space’.   But I can’t help loving something about this building siteContinue reading “Storytide”

Re: Awakening

The latest conversation between Greg THC Carlwood and Chris Secret Sun Knowles looks into the epidemiology and manifestations of the Woke Virus.  To my best estimation, ‘Woke’ surfaced as a term in the mainstream around 2014-2015 in the wake of the Ferguson murders and subsequent civil unrest, as a name for the process by whichContinue reading “Re: Awakening”

The Weird Shall Rise Again

New Model Weird Britain (part one: London)  Really interesting blog stuff lately from Brighton’s master nightside artificer and freshly minted half-centenarian* Paul Lazarus Watson. Paul is always great for a book recommendation, and another post in particular caught my eye… In his recent look at Mark Fisher’s discussions of the weird (in brief that itContinue reading “The Weird Shall Rise Again”

An archipelago

Or, New Model Weird Britain (part zero) Long ago now, I spent Boxing Day 2019 and the tip of the Deep Christmas peninsula in the reflective but convivial company of Alex Niven‘s brisk, farsighted New Model Island: How to build a radical culture beyond the idea of England. The text gets caught between two keyContinue reading “An archipelago”

Third day of Bowiemas

On the last day, his last day, we merely note Bowie rampant and triumphant. Where he was, where he will be, wherever he still goes. The rules for celebrating today are the most easy. You just have to like David Bowie, listen to one of his songs at least once, and reflect on where youContinue reading “Third day of Bowiemas”

Bowiemas number 2

The second day represents the 69* years of his incarnation as a meat-and-two-veg person. Given that he is not around to deliver a bottle of milk to, this day of marking Bowie the man is celebrated, slightly paradoxically, by examination of Bowie the image. We think about the traces left behind, the persistence of hisContinue reading “Bowiemas number 2”

First day of Bowiemas

The Cult of the Black Star Christmas ends finally on January 6th with the arrival of the magicians. Then there is yesterday, a pause. Traditionally a time of drizzle, fog and other atmospheric densities. And then there is today, when we mark both Mr. Jones’ birthday, and the bleak intimation of his death with theContinue reading “First day of Bowiemas”