Coronavirus

I was writing a bunch of posts about "Fatherland" and "The Man in the High Castle", but school intervened (teaching, not learning) and it got very busy for me. Now I've totally lost where I was with that, and I'm only getting back on track (not really). But it's been a year of this coronavirus,…

How to Normalise Fascism, Part 6.

Two novels. Robert Harris' "Fatherland" and Phillip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle". As I've mentioned in previous posts, the novels, while sharing a setting (the 1960s in an alternative history in which Nazi Germany won the Second World War) could not be more different in terms of how they tell their respective…

How to Normalise Fascism, Part 4.

Preambular Note: I didn't know what the German word for 4 was. I learned the words 1, 2, and 3 from the movie "Cool Runnings". Preambular Note (2): If you read what I post on WordPress, and if you're thoroughly sick of reading about "Fatherland", don't worry, I'm sick of writing about it. I initially…

The Nihilistic Right…Returns

It's not really returning. I'd like to do a proper close reading of Dostoevsky's story that I based a meandering series of posts on, and whenever I finish Joseph Frank's biography, I think I will. Instead, what I want to do is draw attention to the very excellent jacobinmag.com, which is carrying an interview with…

How to Normalise Fascism

Riddle: There is a man standing on a stage. He is a Nazi. 10 other people are listening to him talk. How many Nazis are in the room? Question: What bestselling alternate history novel featured a very young American journalist giving an SS Major, a character whom, according to the New York Times, represented the…

Reading Joseph Conrad

Provided you have the means, and the health, this Covid epidemic has at least provided some opportunities for personal growth. For example, Ivanka Trump famously said that she was using her Corona-based free time to learn to play the guitar. Notwithstanding my own musical ability, dreams of stardom, and total disregard for truculent upstairs neighbours,…