My article, published by Overland Literary Journal:
There’s a chilling scene near the beginning of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 classic, Farenheit 451, where Guy Montag discovers that his wife has overdosed on sleeping pills. When the nonplussed emergency technicians arrive they pump Mildred’s stomach using enormous machines, give her a blood transfusion and then leave matter-of-factly: all in a day’s work in the twenty-fourth century.
Where Montag is Bradbury’s ‘everyman’, struggling to come to terms with a growing awareness of his totalitarian world, Mildred reflects the horror of those descended completely into society’s shallow consumerist nightmare. She wants little more than a fourth wall for her TV, so she can achieve complete immersion in her favourite television programs, particularly the highly popular ‘The Family’, in which she plays a scripted part.
Read the full article online here.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, from where I’m sitting you’re on an adventure right now. A Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Thelma & Louise, Frozen, Stand by Me, Choose Your Own, Jesus type adventure. They’re all pretty much the same thing. But you know that by now, aren’t they? Continue reading The Next Adventure
My 21st Birthday Party was the first time I had been the centre of attention at a party as an adult. I had arranged my 18th birthday party to be held at the same time as a friend’s 21st. Somehow though nobody had told my friend’s parents or anyone else throwing the party, so I was completely forgotten. Continue reading My 21st Birthday Party
Today’s challenge was to write about: a word or phrase that you use constantly. The only one that I can think of, which is ‘cool’, and that seems completely superfluous to write about even in this challenge, so I’m going for a word I don’t like and a phrase I do. Continue reading Starting sentences with Look and I Think
About a decade ago I read a book called the Inland Sea, by Donald Ritchie, about his travels in the 1960s through a particular part of Japan – island hopping across the body of water connecting three of Japan’s four main islands. Continue reading What I wore today
So anyway, I’m approaching this as ‘exes in general’ as opposed to one specific person. Continue reading Things I’d say to an ex
Some of these 30 Day Challenge topic I feel that someone else should be writing about me. What the hell is a weird trait anyway? I’m just going to read this as four things I do or believe which are mildly unusual.
Continue reading Four weird traits of mine
A non-exhaustive list of things I miss: Continue reading Things I miss
I don’t have a family member that I dislike, neither in my immediate family nor into the directly extended family of Aunts, Uncle-in-laws and cousins. All my grandparents are now dead. I didn’t dislike any other them either. Though there are certainly family members that it’s easier to spending time with. Continue reading On ‘A family member that I dislike’
I am in the fortunate position to be working for myself and largely have total control over my morning routine. At the same time I find it really difficult to form proactive routines around anything, let alone waking up in the morning. Continue reading Morning routines