In which I muse on memory in Blade Runner 2049

maybe one day you’ll be a real boy… (Warning, includes spoilery discussion of Blade Runner 2049) I was sitting in the London Review of Books’ cafe at the weekend (recommended), reading the latest edition of the Paris Review. It includes a conversation between Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis about the way they identify and write […]

in which I wrap up June

Half the year is gone, I don’t quite know where… (1) Things which I have read and enjoyed. June was a good reading month. I finally finished off two collections that I’ve been working through for a while, The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla and Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang, […]

Hello, it feels like it’s been a while

I have a block. It’s not actually writers block, as such, as I have pages of notebook and files of hard drive storing up various fragments. Thoughts are coming out as words, people, on paper on screen. And there are thoughts, also. I’m currently in various stages of reading Rowan Williams’ On Christian Theology, Miroslav […]

Lest We Forget

I went to see the English National Ballet’s new production, Lest We Forget on Saturday night. It was – – pretty astonishing. And not like anything I’ve seen before. (Leaving aside The Firebird – because, like pretty much every reviewer, I found it superfluous. Perfectly well done, but unnecessary in an otherwise very powerful mixed […]

making things easy to follow is underestimated

Catching up on a week’s worth of paper’s this morning, this piece on the way TV does science caught my eye. Specifically, the section circled in pink, since it’s not only true of science. It’s very much the same in Classics and History, and I don’t think I’m the only person I know to have been […]