On Bentham’s Head

Opponent of slavery. Advocate of gay and animal rights. Social reformer. Conceptualiser of the Panopticon - a method of incarceration coupled with complete surveillance. What a curious, contradictory figure Jeremy Bentham was. Is. Because even though he died in 1832, this enlightenment social philosopher wanted his body to remain present in the world. Literally. So he requested … Continue reading On Bentham’s Head

A couple of experimental / daft poems in homage to Ivor Cutler

Tokyo nightlines (concrete poem formed from the deconstruction of a Google translated story in The Asahi Shinbun 19/7/2018) The Financial Services Agency was on a famous entertainer,  I explained to Seiko Noda, who had been pointed out by "a friend.” Mr. Noda who was deeply involved in business illegality, having affairs with the officials of … Continue reading A couple of experimental / daft poems in homage to Ivor Cutler

Book Review: Babylon Berlin

Gereon Rath, the hero of Volker Kutscher’s hit detective series set in pre-war Berlin, arrives in the capital from provincial Cologne with a weight of guilt and expectation on his shoulders. He’s assigned to the Vice squad, and before too long is exposed to the lengendarily sleazy underbelly of the city. When a car containing … Continue reading Book Review: Babylon Berlin

Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow

If Marco Roth is right and we’re currently living in the age of the ‘neuronovel’, then Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow, published last year in the UK, might be considered the antithesis of that trend. With his aristocratic protagonist (reduced to waitering in the hotel where he used to reside as a gentleman of leisure), … Continue reading Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow