Phantom Coincidence in W.G. Sebald’s “Remembered Triptych…”

I was sat on a couch in Strasbourg reading essays by Teju Cole, the volume Known And Strange Things published quite recently by Faber and Faber. It was night and I was alone, glancing up occasionally, as I often do when in my partner's flat, to stare at the city's famous cathedral lit up at night. … Continue reading Phantom Coincidence in W.G. Sebald’s “Remembered Triptych…”

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Edgeland Mindscape – Série Noire (1979)

There's a man dancing in an edgeland. It's a damp, empty landscape made of grey, sticky mud. There's a burst tire next to a large pool of water where the man has parked his car. It's a cheap car that fits in with the hopelessness of the surroundings. Paris high-rises haunt the skyline in the … Continue reading Edgeland Mindscape – Série Noire (1979)

Interview: David Gladwell on Cinema and Requiem For A Village

This interview was originally was published on the Small Cinema Liverpool website with thanks to Sam Meech and the BFI. However, since the closure and destruction of the cinema by Liverpool developers, the website has since been closed. This interview is saved here for posterity and in appreciation of a much underrated editor, filmmaker and … Continue reading Interview: David Gladwell on Cinema and Requiem For A Village

Shadow-Time in Ritual In Transfigured Time (1946, Maya Deren)

Time is Maya Deren's raw material. Though it could be argued that temporality is the material of all filmmakers to some extent, there's something about Deren's short work that captures a very earnest questioning of time passing and even as an unseen character of sorts. Like Andrei Tarkovsky, Deren used time to map the questioning … Continue reading Shadow-Time in Ritual In Transfigured Time (1946, Maya Deren)

Responses: Poems On Landscape And Melancholy (Volume 2)

Throughout 2017, I have continued with the responses form of article to works of art and other miscellanea.  Like last year, I found that a more interesting way to assess a piece of work was to not simply write an essay but to pair it with a poem; condensing the essence of the reading down … Continue reading Responses: Poems On Landscape And Melancholy (Volume 2)

Fictions: Piccadilly Line “Corpse Rain” Phenomena

It came to light in a recent report released by Transport for London that the company had undertaken several investigations into certain disturbances occurring on a number of their main underground lines.  These disturbances have been felt by many commuters and several of my colleagues in the department confirm that the descriptions of events in … Continue reading Fictions: Piccadilly Line “Corpse Rain” Phenomena