Boy On Fire

Today is quite some day, don’t you think? As I wake up to the morning’s papers, I learn that Ian Brady has died at 79. When I tried to get to sleep last night, I struggled because I was so happy to learn that Chelsea Manning is about to walk free. From a narcissistic killer…

To Be Great, You Sometimes Have To Fight Every Battle (4 mins)

Brave, sinister and beautiful are the words I’d use to describe Kafka’s writing. For me, no one else generates the same feeling of alienation and surreality. He even manages to weave beauty into the psychologically grotesque, but everything he wrote has a timeless message and isn’t that what writing is all about? The Trial was…

The True Danger Of Being Creative (2 mins)

When you admire the brushstrokes of your favourite artist, listen to the music of your chosen band, revel in a performance of an actor you love or read a book by your most respected author, you might feel like you’ve been given a freedom, like you’ve been let out of the box of ordinary life…

Nirvana? In An Art Gallery? So Very Wrong (3 mins)

An exhibition of photographs, videos of gigs and various memorabilia, collectively called “In Bloom” are being shown at the Loading Bay Gallery, Brick Lane, London at present, to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of “Nevermind”, Nirvana’s fastest-selling record. I was planning a trip to the capital this weekend, so there is a chance…