Embers of Mercy- A Tale of Alistair

When I was a boy, God made the men from clay, the clay from men. Sine then, the water’s dried up, and everything’s turned to dust. Dust and blood. Not many come through these parts anymore- used to be plenty of sheep for this old shepherd to point in the right direction, but now? Nobody…

QUICK UPDATE: Blog Plans and More!

Phew. Been a while. Happy late new year, whoever’s left reading! This is what, my fourth year of this blog? So thanks for being with me this whole time. I’ve got some big plans for my writing this year, including being involved with publishing five books (some of which I’m contributing to) and writing two…

Obsessions (and other things I have for Marina Diamandis)

Obsessions is, without a doubt, one of my favourite Marina and the Diamonds songs. It’s got so much depth to it- but just because something has depth doesn’t mean we can analyse it. But just because we can’t analyse it so easily doesn’t mean I’m not going to try anyway! (Damn my masochism!) Sunday, wake…

YOUR ZOMBIE MIND IS OFFENSIVE TO ME

How do you spot a zombie? Not by the drool, bloodshot eyes, or hunger for brains- that’s just the average college student. No, real zombies are much harder to spot. Real Zombies walk like me, talk like me, and yet never feel any pain or any emotions. If I stabbed you, you might say ‘OW,…

Sexual Politics and Gynocriticism (DON’T PANIC)

Universities began as monastic institutions- there wasn’t room for diversity or sexuality or any silly little thing like that. However, English has always been seen asĀ  a ‘feminine’ subject. At least, for as long as women have been able to receive an education. With the 1959-1960 court cases involving Lady Chatterley’s Lover (your grandmother’s 50…

How Do You Do A Translate??

Translating texts is a kettle of sharks trying to convince you they’re just fish. A translator translates a text because they believe there is something at the core of that text that transcends the language barrier without loosing its fundamental it-ness. Every translator wants ‘equivalency’- that is, the text to be the same on both…

Just Us and Justice

When you take a lollipop away from your son and give two to your daughter, he can see there’s a great injustice going on here. He’s only 3, but he has an innate sense of what’s right and wrong- especially when there’s a lollipop involved. But what is Justice? Plato was the first to write…

Words We’ve Nicked from Other Languages- 2

‘ALMA MATER’ Nowadays our ‘alma mater’ is our old college or university or other place where we sat at a desk for years and tried not to internalise the toxic environment around us. But, this phrase originally meant ‘nourishing mother’ in Latin, and was a title reserved for goddesses. The Romans clearly never met the…

Meditate with Me: Doing the Dishes

How can doing the dishes be an act of meditation? Isn’t meditation just being sat on the floor groaning ‘ommmmmm’ every now and again, like a hungry hungry hippo? Well, according to Zen traditions, everything and anything can be an act of meditation- as long as you do it mindfully, with total awareness and attention….

Free-dumb? (IS LIBERTY A VIABLE OPTION FOR SOCIETY?)

Freedom. It’s something so inescapably a-given in most developed countries that we don’t really spend much time questioning it- or, when we do, we’re asking the wrong questions- how come my boss gets to have more money than me? How come Starbucks has the freedom to evade their taxes and I don’t? These are actually…

Words We’ve Nicked from Other Languages- 1

So this is a kinda new series I’m trying out- finding words we the British have nicked from other languages and seem to be pretending are our own. Gotta love the ‘conquering nation’ attitude we’ve still got going on, on a linguistic level. Woo. ‘A CAPPELLA’ This delightful little phrase comes from Italian, which stole…

Meditate With Me: SHOPPING

In order to prove to myself I’m not hungover (I think I drank so much last night I’m still a bit tipsy, to be honest) I’m going to start going through my list of meditations and do stuff from it. First up: Shopping Meditation. What the fuck is that, I hear you ask? Well, it’s…