Great article in the New Yorker by Malcolm Gladwell (he of Tipping Point fame) based on a review of some recent books — one of which I’m reading at the moment. He starts with a history of the comedy show Saturday Night Live but manages to link it to The Lunar Men by Jenny Uglow by comparing […]
If you’re in the UK, make sure you watch the next episode of the sublime 2DTV on ITV1 at 10.30pm next Wednesday. The first episode of the new series was on last night and had me in stiches — every cartoon sketch hitting its satirical mark perfectly (take David Beckham asking Victoria “How do you spell DVD?”). […]
Here’s a link to a Real Audio piece from the Harddisken programme on Danish Radio including an interview with yours truly. Most of it’s in danish but interview bits are in english. Click here for Real Audio file.
Just found out I won an essay prize for a piece entitled ‘In Defence of Apathy’. I slightly twisted the title to say that apathy (in the traditional sense of voter apathy) doesn’t matter; what really matters is that we’re becoming a more active society. “Like a metaphorical Jim Royle, the character played by Ricky […]
Michael Moore’s new film Bowling for Columbine is a cracker. Starting out as an examination of gun culture in the US, it develops into the most persuasive argument that something is deeply wrong in american society I think I’ve ever seen. In the UK I don’t think we should think of it as just a […]
Just chanced across a brilliant interview with the theoretical biologist, Brian Goodwin on Edge.org. If you haven’t come across him before, he’s author of “How the leopard changed its spots — the evolution of complexity” which is one of the best explanations of what we could learn from natural systems I’ve ever read. I have a few […]
It was in June 2000, when the Guardian published “What would you like to see?”, that I first got the Carver bug. Almost immediately, I bought everything by him that I could lay my hands on — books of short stories like “What we talk about when we talk about love”, “Cathedral” and “Elephant” — and I loved them […]
“With the click of a mouse, the message was sent. Nike, sports clothing giant and symbol of personal freedom, had created a feature on their website allowing shoppers to customise shoes with words or slogans of their choice. On 5 January 2001, Jonah Peretti ordered a pair of shoes customised with the word ‘sweatshop’ and […]