Real books!

The new imprint we launched last year after everyone left Zero Books, which we’re calling Repeater, is finally ready to start releasing its first titles. In January, we’ll be publishing Dawn Foster’s Lean Out — a pretty fierce, punchy and to-the-point answer to Sheryl Sandberg’s business bestseller Lean In— and MKL Murphy’s The Isle of Minimus, which I can’t…

Total silence

I’ve been reduced to silence lately, a strange and beautiful silence, something I can’t even begin to make sense of yet in writing. After a few more sesshin and some breakthroughs, I took a vow of silence — to get off Twitter, to stop posting on this blog, to avoid making any public comments on…

Those crazy nihilists

How we condescend to nihilists: how we infantilise their motives, reduce their lives to shells and hypocrisies. We treat the nihilist as we might a local madman whose visions we relish for their falsity, the drunkard on the corner no longer respectable for what he’s done to himself. We treasure the childish element in children,…

When do I get MY religious awakening?

Sometimes I feel as though I were headed toward some magnificent religious conversion. There has been a hell of a buildup: years of agonising over trifles, wrestling with doubt, unshakeable guilt, inexpressible insecurity. I have had phases of knowing I take everything for granted in the most impotent way, and stretches of comical obliviousness to my good fortune….

I bought a toy!

It finally happened: I bought a PlayStation 4. This is momentous news! Mainly, because I haven’t actually played video games in years and I don’t care about gamers much (except for my old housemate, Rob, who was cool) and the whole #GamerGate thing was really off-putting (my stance: if you threaten someone online to hurt…