new work alert

Towards the end of the first UK lockdown (circa May/June 2020, who really remembers), I started seriously reading Platonov. As a lover of Russian writing, I found myself ashamed not to have read him before. As translator Robert Chandler notes:  “in his mature work Platonov seems to delight in eliding every conceivable boundary—between animal andContinue reading “new work alert”

some ramblings on debt

Thinking recently about the exchanges people make, in their minds or in some kind of actuality, to make sense or order out of grievances or gratitudes. If we perceive debt as a kind of recognition of some sort of exchange, often between unequal partners, this makes sense of the conservative view of worth. Some childrenContinue reading “some ramblings on debt”

being and doing in public places

‘It was an exceptionally soft balmy evening for the time of year, which was just that transient period in the May month when beech trees have suddenly unfolded large limp leaves of the softness of butterflies’ wings. Boughs bearing such leaves hung low around and completely enclosed them, so that it was as if theyContinue reading “being and doing in public places”

the politics of incarceration

18 July 2020  ”I was only a working-class boy from a Nationalist ghetto, but it is repression that creates the revolutionary spirit of freedom. I shall not settle until I achieve liberation of my country, until Ireland becomes a sovereign, independent socialist republic. ” The words of Bobby Sands as quoted in IRIS, Vol. 1,Continue reading “the politics of incarceration”

thinking about well-being

7 June 2020 I spent the whole day in my head says Mac Miller on ‘Good news’ (Circles, released 2020).  Since mid-March, probably many people have felt a bit like they are living in their heads. I know I have.  The casual and spontaneous interactions suddenly stopped.  Everything became strange, planned and yet unplanned. And accessed through aContinue reading “thinking about well-being”

communities in crisis

1 June 2020 There is a lot of talk about community at the moment. In my proper job community is the work and I think about it a lot. The how will we be ‘after lockdown’ conversations we have had, have talked about access to culture – who is involved in the making and presenting of work; which culturalContinue reading “communities in crisis”