April 9, 2020

I have loved Quentin Tarantino films for the majority of my life.  There is a certain style of 'cool' that he has managed to dominate and manipulate for the length of a generation and more.  Talking about the problem with Tarantino is going to take some objectivity, wh...

March 26, 2020

Hooray for the coronavirus! It has brought a whole new level of instability to Babylon's systems. We have now, I think, passed from the fourth stage of the cycle of civilisation, bureaucracy, to the fifth, aftermath, a blessed relief since I was sick of all the mindles...

December 6, 2019


"The visions were not blurred or uncertain. They were sharply focused, the lines and colors being so sharp that they seemed more real to me than anything I had ever seen with my own eyes. I felt that I was now seeing plain, whereas ordinary vision gives us an impe...

November 12, 2019

I want to leave Prague, said the Doctor, staring up at him through the thick rims of his spectacles. Can you help me?

Well, I think so, said René, after a moment’s pause. When were you thinking of leaving?


What are you taking with you?

What I can carry.

René looked a...

November 6, 2019

If you were to ask me if there was anything that I believed in, I should have to say: bookshelves on the walls of a private house. Civilisation in Europe - and, doubtless, in America too - seems to be maintained by families for their own sake. If I owe my identity to t...

October 30, 2019

The rise of eastern spirituality in the west correlates to two preceding factors: number one, the decline in authority of western religion, and, number two, the splintering into factions of psychotherapy. The Christian church continues to lose its sway over the souls o...

October 18, 2019

We who cannot touch Heaven still can serve
And seek to order what we can of our lives
The gods walk among us, yet we miss them
Preferring to walk the earth with dirty feet
There is gold leaf on our clothes fading into
The general drab of the incarnate world
Nature talk...

September 3, 2019

1. Amsterdam

There is a city on the sea whose black

Waves water the tulips of liberty

I can hardly believe such a place

As she exists in these dark days

Her barques moored in peaceful rows follow

The roots carrying water to the town

I once stepped from one of these to find


September 1, 2019

My ancestors came into Egypt from the south as the rainforests dwindled. We came to the people of the valley and traded with them. We established ourselves in the delta by marrying into the priestly families (we later palmed this off as a conquest to impress the neighb...

September 1, 2019

Why do I think it better to live than to die?

I live with a weight of shame and am weak,

and what hope have I of reaching to the sky,

who cannot bare the sunlight on his cheek?

I live in a hall of mirrors haunted by

the echoes of the gods whom I once touched - 

how far the E...

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