“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” and the Past

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013) by Neil Gaiman follows the story of an unnamed man who returns to his childhood home on a whim. There, he meets a lady he remembers from when he was younger, and he reminisces about growing up. At this point, the novel turns to magical realism, … Continue reading “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” and the Past

Why is the Internet an Illustration of the Fact that we are Living Between the Age of the Sovereign and Biopower?

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NB: This is an old essay that I wrote prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, hence the discussion on disease control without present day context. Introduction Foucault first develops the concept of biopower as a model allowing for societal control in volume 1 of The History of Sexuality. Historically, biopower follows on directly from the sovereign … Continue reading Why is the Internet an Illustration of the Fact that we are Living Between the Age of the Sovereign and Biopower?

A Really Very Late Sort of Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I just finished reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower for maybe the tenth time since I first stumbled across it. Staying in my childhood bedroom for a few days got me thinking about it again, and on impulse I grabbed it and read it on the train journey home. I've touched briefly on nostalgia … Continue reading A Really Very Late Sort of Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Train

If I could, I wouldstay on a train forever. I would letthe soft light washover me as I sped throughthe countryside. I would stare out the window,lost in thought. Watchingunknown geography pass by. If I could, I wouldshuttle myself back and forth.North to south.East to west.Existing only in this liminal space;a corridor of movement. If … Continue reading Train

‘Blade Runner 2049’ and its Representation of the Anthropocene and Kinship

The year is 2049, ecosystems have collapsed and lush fields have turned into lifeless squares of plastic and metal. Any spiritual connection to nature which humanity once held has long since been replaced with a physical oneness with technology. A car flies past, in it, the replicant K sits. A bioengineered clone, he is an … Continue reading ‘Blade Runner 2049’ and its Representation of the Anthropocene and Kinship