Category Archives: Writers

Mervyn Peake’s Captain Slaughterboard

Mervyn Peake was one of the more imaginative and original artists to emerge in the 1930s. Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor was his first picturebook and was initially developed while Peake was still in his twenties. It was published in 1939 … Continue reading

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Some American History: John Brown

Bart Johnson, John Brown, Oil on canvas, 2011 For months now, I’ve been occupied with reading about 19th century American history… John Brown, just as McVeigh, Loughner ¬†and the latest “lone gunman” Wade Michael Page, was branded a domestic terrorist… … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Aurora, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell

Wrightwood, California. 21 October, 1949 Dear Mr. Orwell, It was very kind of you to tell your publishers to send me a copy of your book. It arrived as I was in the midst of a piece of work that … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges on Art

The line on the second page of this piece by Chris Hedges struck me with particular resonance.: Our corporate culture has effectively severed us from human imagination.

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Terry Southern

First a link to the official Terry Southern website, for those unacquainted his work: Then some of the films he wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for:

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William Gaddis

Pieter Bruegel, Tower of Babel, 1563 William Gaddis begins his last novel, published a decade, with three questions that are just as pertinent today as when he posed them. His novel, a bare 96 pages, was the distillation of 50 … Continue reading

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