Monthly Archives: August 2014

Thoughts on Seashells

Why, when on holiday, do we always want to pick up seashells? Plentiful to the point of being mundane, they nonetheless seem to hold the status of a secret treasure. As soon as one is discovered, it must be collected, unless it has some crack or chip in it, in which case it is worthless […]

Celebrity Employment Tribunals

The workforce surrounding celebrities is far-reaching. Behind every star is an army of PAs, nannies, caterers, cleaners and other staff, so it is unsurprising that they are periodically involved in some of the UK’s estimated 70,000 claims made against employers per quarter. As everyone who works in HR knows, employment tribunal cases are traditionally biased […]

Should we ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’?

Over the last few years the phrase ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ and its associated logo have been ubiquitous in the UK, appearing on mugs, tea towels, t-shirts and greetings cards. Variants such as ‘Keep Calm and Bake Cupcakes’ or ‘Keep Calm and Go Shopping’ have also become widely familiar. What, though, does this message […]

Fishing with Brad (or, Loving Brad Pitt)

A guest post by Christopher Schaberg, Loyola University, New Orleans Last week I was floating down the Yellowstone River, casting a small imitation grasshopper to cutthroat trout hiding behind rocks in the swift current — a typical excursion in the romantic American West, an adventure worthy of Brad Pitt’s Paul Maclean in A River Runs […]

The Sinthomic Blank in Future Bass and Dubstep

In classical psychoanalysis a symptom is roughly a sign of something that ails us, which speaks through us by ‘hooking onto language.’ ‘It’, our unconscious, speaks when we are on the analyst’s couch – and in everyday life – through the now-familiar means of slips of the tongue and pen, and in our dreams, jokes […]

Enemy of the Stars

In June 1914 the writer Wyndham Lewis published the magazine BLAST, with the help of the illustrious modernist Ezra Pound, and notable others. Its intention: to be the sounding board of the great English vortex; that is, the art movement Vorticism, which was this country’s wing of the modernist movement in art and culture that […]

SkySports Live! the 2014 World Cup and Alain Badiou’s ‘Event’

The emphasis on the ‘live’ nature of football coverage, particularly on Sky Sports, has become something of a joke lately in football circles. Before each kick-off, official ‘commentator of the decade’ Martin Tyler, now with an emphasis so great it’s as if he’s trying to outdo last week’s performance in a kind of parody, shouts ‘and its […]