I’ve had a blog since the early noughties. It’s had posts about work, about politics, about culture, about my favourite subject (me). It’s more of an archive these days, for what that’s worth. I haven’t checked what’s in there.

Three months of books

Three months of books and audiobooks. Ulysses casts a bloody massive shadow – I finished it at my fourth attempt – but the Gorbachev biography is also very highly recommended. On the audiobook front, Lincoln in the Bardo is like nothing I’ve ever heard before – multiple voices weave in and out, it could be … Continue reading Three months of books

John Milton, Screenwriting Don

I’ve just listened to the first episode of the BBC’s adaptation of Paradise Lost, with Ian McKellen as Milton and Simon Russell Beale as Satan. The adaptation, by Michael Symmons Roberts, is?exquisite, but I had some thoughts on Milton’s work itself, and why it’s endured for so long. Yes, the poetry is transcendent, but it’s … Continue reading John Milton, Screenwriting Don

Things to do in Berlin

I went to Berlin last year and asked Twitter what to do there. I got a ton of responses so I’m putting them here for the Public Good (and more immediately because Rachel asked for them and I needed something to link to). Museums DDR Museum Checkpoint Charlie museum (two people) Museum Island History Museum … Continue reading Things to do in Berlin


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