Horror Vacui and the Common Decency of Self-Doubt

Just a heads up that in this one I'm writing about writing. It's only right to tell you upfront. Most people take it as their cue to tune out - and justifiably so. Typically the refuge of the indulgent and inspiration-starved, where self-styled wordsmiths wank on about the torment of their 'craft'. Basically, I don't want … Continue reading Horror Vacui and the Common Decency of Self-Doubt

Postcards (Vol. 2): Welcome to Berlin, the ongoing identity crisis

The steps of Rathaus Neukölln are caked with the gainfully unemployed. I zig-zag between them. Nothing about the sprawling mess of camo pants and 2-litre cola bottles suggests contrition for blocking the entrance. The clock tower above can be seen for a way down Karl-Marx-Straße in both directions. A helpful measure of - as with other … Continue reading Postcards (Vol. 2): Welcome to Berlin, the ongoing identity crisis

Postcards (Vol.1): Brittle nerves and resolutions

I hear the danger before I see it. The hiss of a lit fuse and scampering footsteps of its enablers. I freeze, conscious that to move in any direction might be a mistake. "Watch your step," has been the stern advice all week. "No, seriously. You don't want to get your foot blown off." Such is the joy of New … Continue reading Postcards (Vol.1): Brittle nerves and resolutions

How has Instagram changed our travel habits?

If a holiday goes undocumented on social media, did it really happen? So ingrained is the practice of recording our every move, it seems unthinkable that anyone could travel without it ending up cropped, filtered, and splashed across Instagram and Facebook. I’ll spare you a tired reheating of the social-media-connects-us-but-also-isolates-us discussion from every undergraduate humanities … Continue reading How has Instagram changed our travel habits?