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

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  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, indeed, 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. This … Read more

Aphex Twin’s Avril 14th: Why Does It 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. It draws you in. There’s a lot to be said about Aphex Twin, and I’m not going to try to say it all now. But Avril … 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

Bangkok: Sightseeing, Wat Pho, Thai Police, and More!

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Today is finally the day for sightseeing in Bangkok. It didn’t disappoint. Day 6. Diary date: October 7th, 2019. Waking up, leaving Chinatown I wake up with a clear head, and check out of ‘Our Secret Base’. We wave goodbye to our hosts, particularly the cat Master Yoda! In retrospect, we might’ve been better off … Read more