Tag Archives: Twelve Things

The 11 Books of Christmas

I was a terrible student at high school. Particularly in my last three years, I made a terrible mistake in my choice of friends. I fell in with a group of role-players almost all of whom were “accelerates” – the … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: Simulation and Simulacra

Recently I have become fascinated by the “Red Pill” movement and the “Alt-Right” – which is to say, almost Orwellian-newspeak terminology for misogyny and racism. There’s an awful lot of that going on at the moment, and I think everyone … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: The Great Gatsby

Having The Great Gatsby as a favourite novel is a cliche, a quick review of the top dozen hits for that search on google all included it. The main difference between it and, say, Ulysses or War and Peace as the Greatest Novel Ever Written ™, everyone … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: The Death and Life of Great American Cities

There were quite a few failed attempts to create the Panama canal before someone finally got it done. The problem wasn’t really a technical one, it was malaria. We’d always wanted a direct route from the Atlantic to the Pacific, … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: Adventure, Mystery, and Romance

A Dialogue on Art, in One Act; Prepared by the Author for the Elucidation and Delight of Sundry Audience as should perchance click upon a Link to this Humble Site. Dramatis Personae: The Art Lover, a person of character and distinction, for … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: Freakonomics

I tend to describe myself as a communist at the outset of political discussions with strangers as a strategy for tuning them into the idea that I’m not convinced of the inherent and unassailable correctness of any current political and … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

If the key to understanding a person really is understanding their hobby horses, then understanding me is a matter of understanding the Mystery-Investigation Complex. While I love science fiction and fantasy, my truest love is the detective story, whether playing … Continue reading

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