Walthamstow Wassail 2021

Sunday was the 11th Walthamstow Wassail: online this year, like so many other events and traditions that break up the year and help give life some narrative and meaning. Conspiracy theorists view Covid as an agent of state control, and vaccines as containing microchips designed by billionaires to make the masses more pliant. These peopleContinue reading “Walthamstow Wassail 2021”

Review: Coco The Clown, by himself, Nicolai Poliakoff

“I didn’t know, during this happy summer of 1914, what life had in store for me. I didn’t know that this little circus clown was to be caught up in great events he couldn’t understand”. Nicolai Poliakoff, better known as Coco the Clown, lived a preposterously eventful life. Born in Dvinsk, a small town inContinue reading “Review: Coco The Clown, by himself, Nicolai Poliakoff”

Review of The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

“Prediction is the business of prophets, clairvoyants, and futurologists. It is not the business of novelists. A novelist’s business is lying”. Le Guin, in her own introduction to the novel My journey to Le Guin started with a dim awareness of her via a Ghibli adaptation, falling in love with Earthsea, and then carving myContinue reading “Review of The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin”