Monthly Archives: April 2013

‘One Word: Plastics’ – A Parable of Discord in The Graduate

We should perhaps read the famous scene in The Graduate where Mr McGuire takes Ben aside and gives him the ‘one word’ of advice – ‘plastics’ – in which ‘there’s a great future’, as a parable of discord; generational, and also, by extension, class-economic. The good news of plastics is met with by Ben in […]

The Skies’ Limit: A Life in the Day of The Flaming Lips’ 7 Skies H3

‘In music the only possible abstraction possible [sic] is the sense of TIME-SPACE, and its relation to the human body through the organ of the ear; through the spacing-off and draughtsmanship of TIME-SPACE by the means of various points of sound.’ This is clause VI of George Antheil’s manifesto ‘Abstraction and Time in Music’ (in […]

Justin Bieber, Anne Frank

The Everyday Analysis article below treated Justin Bieber’s recent visit to the Amsterdam Anne Frank Museum, in which he now famously wrote in the guestbook: ‘Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.’ The article takes issue with what it sees as a […]

Why Justin Bieber Should Listen to Neutral Milk Hotel

In Amsterdam’s Anne Frank Museum’s guestbook Justin Bieber left this now highly-publicised message after his recent visit: ‘Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.’ Jean Baudrillard suggests that the Holocaust-denial ‘statement ‘It never existed’ means simply that we ourselves no longer exist […]

A Take on Chinese New Year

We have recently passed into the Lunar New Year, an event which is marked and celebrated very widely in Asian cultures, and not least in Hong Kong, where I’ve been living and working for the past 6 months or so. Western festivals such as Christmas, the calender new year, and Easter are all sanctioned by […]


Charity, as a cultural practice, keeps evolving. One example of what it increasingly looks like is Benetton’s recent ‘Unemployee of the Year’ campaign. Last autumn, the Italian clothing retailer’s Unhate Foundation offered to fund 100 ‘creative’ projects proposed by unemployed young people around the world with 5000 € each. In the accompanying poster campaign, various […]


Wikipedia nicely summarizes that Love-Locks are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts at an increasing number of locations in the world to symbolize their everlasting love. The phenomenon is a new one, which began in the 2000s at the earliest. But what is […]