Monthly Archives: October 2010

Scepticism as article of faith

Individualism is a dirty word in the social network to which I’ve had access (at least in theory) since having done postgrad studies. Because, in general, this network is nothing if not politically correct. And to be PC in this … Continue reading

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Editing Dirty Realism: the difference between baby and bathwater

The other day I found some old school exercise books in my cupboard. Labelled 4/C on the covers (the letter stood for the teacher’s name), these books date from when I was nine. I flipped through them, idly looking for … Continue reading

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How Not to Write a Pop Astrology Column

The Czech author Milan Kundera once wrote a pseudonymous astrology column. Black-listed after the Russians invaded his country in 1968, he’d been reduced to casting horoscopes to survive. So, while questioning its use as a predictive tool, Kundera writes with … Continue reading

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Sheltered From the Sky: the challenge of choice in a bubble

Around the 1992 northern winter solstice, my partner and I arrived in Cairo, having just made a pilgrimage to Mt Sinai, and with no plans to stay longer than needed to see the Cairo Museum. But on the first evening … Continue reading

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