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A Dust Jacket. A Palpable Dust Jacket.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing has just sent me a proof of my Beowulf-book’s dust jacket design.  A long way to go yet: galley-proofs and indexing still to get through, but for now I can, briefly, put my feet up and feel accomplished.

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The Post-Modern Plight of the Modern University

I wrote this a while ago, and Arena Magazine published it last year, while I was in hospital recovering from my surgery. A pointless squawk, on the one hand, given how things continue to deteriorate in the corporatised university, but … Continue reading

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Arena Magazine Reviews

Ishiguro The Buried Giant Review I was recently asked to review Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel for Arena Magazine.  Here is the result.   A few issues previously I reviewed Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake, a far less happy affair.  So you … Continue reading

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A Small Complication

Health issues have arisen for me (not too serious, but not negligible) that have unsettled the scheduling of the remaining courses for this year.  Until I know more, I would ask that no one transfer any fees to my account … Continue reading

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Three Poems in Arena Magazine

The current issue for April, 2015 (no. 135) has published three recent poems of mine.  Since I first began writing bad knock-offs of T.S. Eliot and W.B. Yeats in my late teens, it’s been a very long road indeed.  But … Continue reading

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A New Article

Arena Magazine has just published another essay of mine, titled ‘Humility’.  Apart from my scribbles, there’s a lot of excellent writing in this issue (no. 134), so it’s well worth a look. Humility

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Tree and Star

The best of the season to all who’ve participated or expressed interest in this year’s (and next’s!) MLS courses.  You’ve helped to make this whole year something of a Christmas party for me, for which I thank you all heartily.  Since, … Continue reading

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‘Hoom, Hoom! Let Us Not Be Hasty’

Here’s a PDF of my latest contribution to Arena Magazine no. 131, which we just launched at Readings in Hawthorn tonight. Arena Magazine no. 131 EndNote and End Times

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Further Reading . . .

I could get used to this! Arena Magazine (no. 129) has just published a slimmed down version of my essay on the guilty pleasures of reading Ayn Rand and the dire impact her acolytes had on later twentieth-century conomics and … Continue reading

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A Few of My Own Poems

Some MLS and other students have asked whether I’ve written any of my own poetry.  I’m afraid I must answer “yes,” and I’ll compound the misdemeanor by posting a PDF here of a quintent of pieces that don’t make me … Continue reading

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