The Tangerine—a (Very) Short Story

A painting of a tangerine

Her name is not important. What’s important is how she walked: step versus step, feet drumming against uneven cobblestone, heels dashing anxiety onto the earth’s unforgiving surface. Above, the sky stared down at her through steely eyes—closed off, overcast, and unkind.  It was a cold day, yet sweat dripped down her back. She knitted her … Read more

You Should Be Reading Science Fiction. Here’s Why.

Image of a solar system

  When we hear the words science fiction—or sci-fi, or speculative fiction, whatever—we think of spaceships, aliens, time travel, and all things outer-worldly. And it’s true that it often is about those things. But the genre still has this sort of low-brow, fringe association; it’s excluded from literature’s mainstream, in favour of realism, romance, and fantasy. … Read more

Why Does Aphex Twin’s Avril 14th Sound So Distinctive?

Aphex Twin album cover Drukqs, album of Avril 14th (or April 14th)

What makes a song—like Aphex Twin’s Avril 14th—instantly recognisable as special? …Alright, yeah, it’s subjective. But you’d be hard-pressed not to find something special in the piece embedded below. There’s a lot to be said about Aphex Twin. I’m not going to try to say it all now, or even pretend I understand the enigma. … Read more

Bangkok: Sukhumvit, Soi Cowboy, and More Trouble…

Picture of Soi Cowboy street at night — neon lights, tourists

Today captures a different side of Bangkok. We leave Chinatown and head to Sukhumvit. We try out a party hostel, experience Soi Cowboy, and have ANOTHER run-in with Thai police… Day 7. Diary date: 8th October 2019 Leaving AMA Hostel, headed for Sukhumvit An early start today. We head for the local station, taking the … Read more