Light Boxes

Shane Jones’s debut novel, Light Boxes, is a funny little thing. It has gone from being a cult novel printed by an indie press in a run of five hundred copies, to a commercial success with the weight of Penguin behind it and interest from Spike Jonze, who thought of turning it into a film (though…

Vague similarities

In my head there’s a bit of a connection between Allen Ginsberg and John Keats, though in order to establish this I have to ignore a whole bunch of other dissimilarities, such as that one was an American gay Jewish Buddhist and the other was not, and one died in 1821 of TB at the…

Čapek (cha-PEK)

So I’m back, after something of a pause. I went on a joint two-week trip to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in September, and saw so much and did so much that when I got back and started thinking about writing some of it down in here it quite overwhelmed me. I may still write some of…