This was written by author Warren Ellis, from his latest newsletter. Worth a read. The most fascinating thing about Kanye's set at Glastonbury was the lighting rig. I'm not being snarky. It was a giant plate of lights that lowered down on the stage like a blazing lid. And, with the absence of any other … Continue reading Kanye West and the Glastonbury Incident
My own memories of the last fifteen years on the Internet.
From his latest Orbital Operations newsletter: All of which is to say: so much of this absurd job is feeding the compost bin. I have spoken in the past to so many writers, not even limited to beginning writers, who focus on prodigious word counts and/or deep narrow research wells. Or just reading the medium … Continue reading Warren Ellis, on writing
I posted this quote on Twitter earlier today, in capital letters, because it's true. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM DOING — Randolph West (@rabryst) December 3, 2014 This past week, M and I made a big decision. We're all about big decisions in this family. We got married when it was still a … Continue reading “I Have No Idea What I Am Doing”
Today is M's birthday. Before the end of the year, it'll be mine. We're getting older. But are we getting old? Adulthood is an invention by children to explain why adults are grumpy all the time. I feel older. Time is moving faster because as a percentage of my lifespan so far, a day is … Continue reading On birthdays and getting older
This is reposted without permission from Neil Gaiman's Journal, from an entry titled "in the wee small hours of the morning" (7 June 2006): Hi Neil, I've been a fan of your work for awhile now and I just came across your site. I've had this nagging question, about authors, stuck in my brain for … Continue reading “The art isn’t the artist” – Neil Gaiman
Since I originally read that Terry Pratchett is a Humanist (albeit a "bad one"), I liked the sound of the description, and I've adopted it where appropriate. I'm more of an irreligious person nowadays, but I'll get to that. In Pratchett's own words, "I think if there is any intelligence behind the Universe, it is … Continue reading So here it is
I saw a photo tonight of an empty bed next to a window, an open magazine lying on it, so I wrote down a few hundred words in a little story. Check it out.
Many years ago, when I was still young and impressionable, I first read about the so-called "end of the world" Mayan Calendar thing. Depending on the source, the end was either on the 21st or 23rd of December 2012. My 36th birthday is on the 22nd of December 2012. A week from now. I don't … Continue reading The Mayans
My name is Randolph, and I am a racist. I was brought up in a country that institutionalised racism at all levels of society, and even now is battling to recover. When Nelson Mandela was freed (I was only 13 years old at the time), many of my white friends and their families wanted to … Continue reading I am a racist