Things I have read of late
What is ‘the quiet life’ anyway?

What is ‘the quiet life’ anyway?

Well, it certainly involved re-watching Stalker on DVD while reading Geoff Dyer’s Zona. If you thought Stalker was a little swift at times, you know on the speedy side, then I recommend using some of your precious time in this intertextual flip-flop. I managed to stretch things out for an entire Sunday…

The quite quiet life also involves reading, glowering near or pouring a red wine while casting long, suspicious sideways glances at the following…


What I’ve been looking at of late…

What I’ve been looking at of late…

Speculative Realism and Science Fiction by Brian Willems

Finally, I get it. I think so anyway. This book is currently changing my heed, into a marginally more understanding heed. And an excited heed. Thank you Brian Willems for using the right tools for this geek. And thanks too to Rob Churm for programming a talk by Brian into the Old Hair Programme as part of GI 2018. 

Do yourself a favour and buy Speculative Realism and Science Fiction by Brian Willems.

Alchemists and alchemical-like types…

…seem to spring up everywhere when you start looking – all part of its symbolic mutability and what not. This week I have mostly been watching & reading, with Eggs and Aliens for The Curios Society as the excuse…

The Holy Mountain, The Colour of Pomegranates, El Topo, Picnic at Hanging Rock, A Dream Within A Dream, Get Out, Possession, Arrival, The Story of Your Life, Memoirs of a Spacewoman, Blade Runner 2049 (again) & The Exterminating Angel. A mixed bag, I think you can agree. What can I say? I’m a nibbler and a picker at the black, white and red buffet…


A summer comes to an end…

…and, bar a research trip to Carradale, thoughts must, inevitably, turn to the education of others. This summer I’ve not watched much, but I have read things. Here they are. A Naomi Mitchison obsession develops. Walter Tevis’ Mockingbird turns out to be wonderful. Ballard – no more required. Love, communication and rabbits all on the bill. No Wodehouse, what?       


Some Press about Peter

Three mentions of Peter, and some ‘professor’…

ITV News, 


Outer Places 12 June 2017

and not forgetting

Cumbrian Crack (really) 26 May 2017

Peter (Screen Shot) Digital film 29:55, 2014, Jane Topping.

Peter (Screen Shot) Digital film, 30 minutes

Wasting Time on the Internet

Reading Wasting Time on the Internet by Kenneth Goldsmith this week, and planning workshops to test the resolve of the most share-hungry student…

Oh, and I’m also wasting time on the internet.


Here’s the real reason Curtis’ latest was so depressing:

BBC as Echo Chamber – thanks Torsten. And yet there’s a huge problem with Robin’s critique and that’s the presumption that Curtis believes what he makes his narrator say. No one can believe that. No one, anywhere, ever.

And is it so wrong to want certainties? Time to re-watch The Century of the Self…

Screen shot - Hypernormalisation, 2016

Screen shot – Hypernormalisation, 2016

Hito Steyerl – Politics of Post-Representation

This is good: Hito Steyerl – Politics of Post-Representation



Words – in pictures

Here’s what I’ve been reading, in no particular order.