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Minor Literature[s] interview

In advance of the French and U.S. editions of Imaginary Cities , I’ve been speaking to Minor Literature[s] about writing, rebellion, film and the meaning of Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. Thanks to Thom Cuell and Momus for the questions. Finishing … Continue reading

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“Speak nothing, know nothing, know nobody”

‘In his ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’, Walter Benjamin turned his attention to Paul Klee’s 1920 print Angelus Novus, which he interpreted as the angel of history. “His face is turned toward the past,” Benjamin wrote, “Where we perceive … Continue reading

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Tindog Tacloban

The Guardian are featuring a stunning film, Tindog Tacloban, by my good friends Chris and William Kelly, and Kate Hodal on the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest and most violent storm in recorded history, in the Philippines and what … Continue reading

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the bitter aftertaste of sweet consumerism

I’ve written previously about the Cambodian government’s campaigns of land theft, extortion and violence in the name of selling off the country’s resources to our beloved High Street companies and supermarket retailers. Here’s the latest sorry example in the form … Continue reading

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The rediscovery of the human face

Fritz Lang wrote the following in October 1926 as part of a rousing defense of German Expressionist cinema (The Future of the Feature Film in Germany), “The first important gift for which we have film to thank was, in a … Continue reading

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Imaginary soundtracks, the perils of Cambodian traffic and how not to be a flâneur

When I lived in Edinburgh, I used to play a lot of soundtrack music on headphones while wandering around the wynds and closes, graveyards and courtyards of the town, “that mad god’s dream / Fitful and dark” as Hugh MacDiarmid … Continue reading

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Book covers, film trailers & carnival barking

Given the recent calculated furore over Faber’s cover for Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, it’s probably a moot point to say that book covers can be deceptive. The near chick-lit (I almost spew at such a vile term) cover for … Continue reading

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