Game-of-Thrones-still
Type
Review
Category
Culture

Watch the throne: why we love fantasy

The main reason I like Game of Thrones is because, at its core, it’s about power: who has it and what they do with it, who doesn’t and what becomes of them. It is a morality tale like The Sopranos or The Wire, but with swords and battle-axes. And in this respect, while it derives from fantasy, on another level it is remarkably realistic – it’s Tolkien’s world updated for our times.

Gaza_Beach
Type
Polemic
Category
Activism

Gaza: if not now, when?

‘Atrocity’, ‘massacre’, ‘crime against humanity’: one thinks of Conrad’s reference to ‘the old, old words worn thin, defaced by ages of careless usage’. But there are times when such terms ring true – and we’re living through one of them. Whatever Hamas has or hasn’t done, attempts to justify a military assault on a city of millions necessarily rely on a terrorist logic: it’s the imposition of a collective responsibility that holds every Gazan guilty simply because they live in Gaza

17th_century_map_of_London_(W.Hollar)
Type
Reflection
Category
Culture

Walking the city, reading the city

As I travelled across London on the District Line, there was a snippet of text running through my mind: ‘The primary question ecology faces today is whether an ecologically oriented society can be created out of the present anti-ecological one.’