August 30, 2019

if earth is a place of pain

and space a safe retreat

we must take what joys remain

to plant beneath our feet

we must figure what we can

of nature's great toolbox

and clad the superman

in filthy socks

what can i say? the future

must like shine out like a sun

to inspire the bitter...

August 28, 2019

All pro- and anti-Brexit scaremongering aside, it is clear that there is now a bigger issue. I expect all those who have trumpeted their fears of being subsumed into a European superstate to cry out with as much clamour against the outrageous attack on centuries-old Br...

August 27, 2019

We were thinking about Tolstoy, the way he manages to write a perfect story, and had this series of thoughts:

There's always a moment in these books where you go into the woods and meet The Real Russia. That's where I want to be all the time. That incandescent place, wh...

August 26, 2019

In my sleep I imagined a circle. At the top you know you're God. At the bottom, you abjectly worship God. Each stage of the cycle has an associated sound: going down is groaning, coming up is more like "yippee". If you add them all together, what you get is "Ommm". I f...

August 22, 2019

Nefer sat in the shade of a yellow-green willow, tracing shapes in the sand at her feet with a piece of
dry reed. She had been interested in shapes for days now, ever since the full moon festival, and was
busily engaged in the process of constructing straight lines.


It...

August 19, 2019

I am only a quarter of a way through Anna Karenina - I made a bet with a certain professional muse that I would give away all my books unless I finish it before she does War and Peace and look set to lose them - but I've already learned a considerable number of new wor...

August 15, 2019

Albert Speer (1946) – 20 years for war crimes and crimes against humanity

Konstantin von Neurath (1946) – 15 years for crimes against humanity

Baldur von Schirach (1946) – 20 years for crimes against humanity

Timothy Leary (1970) – 20 years for possessing a small quantity...

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