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371. The joyous (IV)

Someone on Twitter observed, on seeing some Extinction Rebellion activists block a road, that his housemates were furious and that the...

Grizzly Man (2005)

I first saw this film on its release, mainly because the trailer seemed so kooky and odd; and, sure enough, when I actually watched it I...

370. Contemplation (XI)

A few posts ago, I noted that Michel Houellebecq gets the socio-sexual hierarchy wrong; he understands that the ‘60s ushered in a...

369. Corners of the mouth (VII)

It is common to confuse empathy and sympathy; and even to confuse which sex predominantly offers each response. If you ask most people...

368. Revolution (VIII)

“It’s…it’s fucking Beat poetry,” said my editor when I returned from a press trip to the Finger Lakes. He thought I did it deliberately,...

Atomised redux

The coach was a direct service to London and I sat at the back with the girl daily for a week. She went to some political institute to do...

367. Dispersion (VI)

The temple complex is a square within a square within a square; in the centre lies a small circle—the central chamber where ceremonies...

366. Influence (X)

If, per my last post, narcissism characterises the left, then how can you reduce narcissism? For starters, there must be a biological...

365. Duration (VIII)

As regards leftism as narcissism, the narcissist is characterised by emptiness—an emptiness they hide behind various masks. Actually,...

364. Oppression (VI)

My relatives still support Médecins Sans Frontières, I can tell because I see the promotional magazine in the hallway now and again;...

363. Modesty (IV)

The right will generally tell you that money and women are debased, but in modernity many more things are debased than that. The image is...

362. Waiting (IV)

I often note that the right can be divided into “cold” and “warm” schools; broadly, the cold faction takes a purely scientific...

361. The darkening of the light (VI)

Traditionally, wordplay was considered a means to attain the Holy Grail; there is a humorous—a trickster—element to this quest that...

360. Keeping still (VIII)

As regards 9/11, I left school early that day to have my hair cut. My camp Norwegian hairdresser once again regaled me with tales from...

359. The taming power of the small (IX)

As it turns out, honour is connected to self-respect. Men have self-respect and women have self-esteem; or, to put it another way, women...

358. The receptive (III)

I once attended a dinner—effectively a family dinner, but widely expanded out—held by a company executive. As I sat at the dinner table,...

357. Retreat (IX)

Before I went up to the cave, I drank in a dark hotel beneath the mountain. It had been constructed as if it were a Swiss chalet, though...

356. Innocence (IV)

J.G. Ballard words: “geometry”, “algebra”, and “arithmetic”. The hard geometry charted by the airport expressway melted into the printed...

355. Difficulty at the beginning (V)

I once lived with a female relative for a time; she also lived with another, slightly more distant, female relative. The two did not get...