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  • Jocko Willink and David Goggins versus Leo Tolstoy, Ernest Hemingway and Hayden Carruth July 10, 2020
    2. There are some novels you read that make you think, ‘Why can’t all books be like this one?’ Leo Tolstoy’s Hadji Murat is one of them. It’s set around 1850: the story of a Chechen warlord, Murat is a long-time adversary of the Russian army compelled to forge an uneasy alliance with his old […]
  • Jocko Willink and David Goggins versus Leo Tolstoy, Ernest Hemingway and Hayden Carruth July 2, 2020
    1 I just can’t come to a place of peace with either Jocko Willink or David Goggins. I’ve listened to some of Willink’s podcasts and read his book, Extreme Ownership. Similarly, I read Goggins’ book, Can’t Hurt Me, after hearing his second appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience. Goggins was very interesting, and very, very […]
  • Shades of Lust and Hate, and Fear, and Love, and Grief June 8, 2020
      I woke beneath a wringing sheet last night To phantom figures cast on midnight screens They rose in opalescent sheets of light Their trains were wet with rot from loathsome dreams   Morbid lights crept over the planes of flesh That spun across those shifting, spectral screens Sharp white incisors rhymed with stark white […]
  • Casey Calvert: Pain Slut May 28, 2020
    As you are by now painfully aware, there two kinds of people in quarantine: the single and the partnered. I fall into the former category and as a result, find myself spending no small volume of time in the company of the very gorgeous Asa Akira. Google teaches that her many talents include podcaster: she […]
  • (I think) She Might Be Crying April 28, 2020
      The floor to ceiling hotel window is A lidless, depthless, staring midnight eye The bed’s reflection breaks along its gaze Sheets rolling in a long, disordered line   Face down, the weave of hair conceals her face As tattered heart’s words tumble to the carpet I am complicit: dumb, and blunt and hard Plumbing […]
  • Tool and the Descanting of Galileo’s Mathematical Language of God March 15, 2020
    2. Galileo said that mathematics is the true language of God. Editions of the Koran, decorated with fields of geometric lines that can be seen in museums all over the Middle East – and the way those designs find their way into the ceilings of Mosques throughout that region – bear Galileo’s dictum out. Similar […]
  • Tool and the Descanting of Galileo’s Mathematical Language of God March 10, 2020
    1. Nothing locks a reader out of an article like hyperbolae, but it’s a struggle to find any terms other to describe what was experienced at Tool’s most recent Australian shows. Put simply, the opening track, ‘Fear Inoculum’ was one of the most remarkable, powerful artefacts of popular culture that I have experienced to date. […]
  • Girl in the Rain at the Airport, at Night February 27, 2020
      Headlights blossom across the rainswept screen As the rain hammers on the roof of the cab When the rabble parts she’s suddenly seen Dragging her little suitcase through the pack   Her lips, her brows and soundless bell of hair Are as memory drew them, just the same; but Her eyes are mercurial ghosts […]
  • Hitler, By Joachim Fest February 18, 2020
    Now, more than ever, this is a book that needs to be read. I picked it up after reading the recent Anthony Roberts biography, Winston Churchill: A Walk With Destiny. Part of the blurb on that book described it as being the only bio of Churchill you need to read and you can turn your […]
  • Choke (2) February 2, 2020
                                  The sting in my hand from where I’ve struck her The welt that’s swiftly rising on her thigh The mark glaring through its suntanned lustre The bolt of pain that taints her almond eye   The sweat that gathers in […]

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