Category: Writing

  • futures of digital work in a fortnight from now

    At 8am on Tuesday 27th February, MediaEvolution Malmö are launching the book which is the result of their latest community foresight cycle, which took as its topic “the futures of digital work”. The book contains five fictions by yours truly—storified versions of the five scenarios that the core contributors came up with across four days…

  • sing swan song / remembering Damo Suzuki

    Word came over the wire yesterday that Damo Suzuki, best known as the frontman of krautrockers Can at their creative peak, had passed away. (Ten years after a colon cancer diagnosis, apparently, which puts the guy into the Wilko Johnson league of unexpected and defiant longevity.) It reminded me that I had the fortune to…

  • you trick yourself into thinking that it’s true

    John Higgs, in his most recent newsletter, begins by mentioning a piece he wrote for The Big Issue proposing that the super-rich be put in prison, and comparing it to the political notion now known as limitarianism (which is pretty much the same idea, just without the prison bit). Typically modest, Higgs discounts any possibility…

  • you can never step in the same blog twice

    I think I’ve known this for a while, and I dare say it’s been obvious to many others for even longer, but I finally hit on a concise formulation of it, and wanted to get it down for my own benefit as much as for any other reason: The reason it’s hard to (re)start and…

  • Brightbourne is a coy house

    Coming up on halfway through Ian McDonald’s Hopeland, and I already have about a dozen quotes of similar size to this one that I might have held up, as I’m doing now, as a way of saying that is how you do it, that is great writing. The music accompanies them up the drive, heard…