Author Archives: tom

Lunch with Žižek

What have we here? It seems that the crew, represented by John Thornhill, have seen fit to dine with our favourite Slovene. The full text is to be found here. I’m not sure what the people at the International Journal of Žižek Studies make of it all. For anyone interested in what they damage […]

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I learned of a new concept today; I’m fairly concerned. Here is Oliver Burkeman: The faintly depressing human tendency to seek out and spend time with those most similar to us is known in social science as “homophily”, and it shapes our views, and our lives, in ways we’re barely aware of. He goes on […]

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The Warwick Prize for Writing (part 2)

Further to our recent post, the winner of the inaugural Warwick Prize for Writing was announced on Monday. It is instructive to learn of the machinations that led to the final decision. Maureen Freely, one of the judging panel, wrote on “The complex problems of judging the Warwick prize” (The Guardian). There is one passage […]

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use it to be better

I irregularly visit PostSecret – purely on non-voyeuristic pretexts, of course. I have my favourites, which means to say I share their judgements, condemnations, world-views. One such is this: I judge people by which section they are in in a bookstore Shallow? Me? Absolutely. Here’s another that I remember: I used to treat my condition […]

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The evil of banality

One day, it could have been last week, last month, last year, it no longer matters, Harry Eyres woke, dragged himself out of bed, completed his morning ritual, maybe three of the many “S”s that face working adults most mornings, coffeed his bloodstream and sat to stare at the screen. Lost. Blank. Space. A white […]

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He says he is “officially horrified”

… and who can blame him? An oldish post has Adam Kotsko “officially horrified” over at An und für sich. The reason? The very existence of the Journal of Management, Spirituality, & Religion. Don’t let the innocuous looking lull you into any sense of anything; indeed, my initial judgement was that the enjoining of […]

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The Warwick Prize for Writing

It seems my alma mater has found a new source of funds. The Warwick Prize for Writing, launched by the University of Warwick is an international cross-disciplinary award which will be given biennially for an excellent and substantial piece of writing in the English language, in any genre or form, on a theme that will […]

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an inconvenient truth and the meaning of “authorship”

The entire discussion – deconstruction, death of the author, nothing but the text etc., – may have gently floated beyond me, but here’s somethingelse altogether. This morning’s Financial Times carries an article by two prominent public figures, Ban Ki-Moon and Al Gore. In case you need reminding, one is the United Nations Secretary-General, while the […]

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Gillian Rose dot org

A new site has been launched in pursuit of the thought of the late Gillian Rose ( The site is still in its infancy, and is currently soliciting inputs and volunteers for further development. Do leave a message there and / or contact the site administrator if you wish to participate.

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He can read!

This is somewhat dated by blog standards, such as they are, but it struck me as an opportunity not to be missed. Karl Rove, writing in the The Wall Street Journal, reminisces about his friendly “contest” with the then-incumbent President of the United States of America. For the final three years of the Dubyah administration, […]

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