A Yijing Story

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For visitors who don’t follow my Wayward Philosophy blog, I’ve just posted the text of my paper (and story!) from the World Yijing Summit Forum last month, accompanied by Chinese translation. There’s a bit of context, followed by a story about the great culture hero Fu Xi伏羲. The story comes from my book Sixty-Four Chance Pieces, and the translation into …

Conference Confessions from Wuxi

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For those of you who want to know what I’ve been up to in Wuxi, China, I’ve written an extended blog post over on my philosophy blog, WaywardPhilosophy.com. Here’s an extract: I try to picture it. I am standing in front of five hundred scholars, Daoist priests, diviners, geomancers, inventors, poets, financial speculators, management theorists etc. On the stage by …

Coffee and Divination

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I’m back in China for a brief visit, to attend the Third World Yijing Summit Forum in the city of Wuxi. It is the second time I have attended the forum. The last one was a curious affair, a melange of scholars, geomancers, diviners, financial speculators, religious practitioners and (for some reason) flamenco singers and dancers. This time, I’m hoping …

The Lives of the Philosophers

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Alongside some other writing projects, I’ve been taking time out to do some consultancy for a Dorling Kindersley book called Philosophers: their lives and works. It is a big book of over one hundred biographies of philosophers (a kind of modern-day Diogenes Laërtius!), and at the moment I’m mainly advising on content. In particular, I’m trying to broaden out the …

A New Look!

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There are more changes afoot here on WillBuckingham.com. After several years, I’m forsaking the old design for something a bit more clear, uncluttered and streamlined. I’ll be going live with the new site later this morning. After that, it will take a few weeks to update everything so that it works as well as it should. Until then, things will …

A Small Overhaul

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I’ve just had a long-overdue spring-clean of my website, and have spruced it up a bit. Now that I’ve given the site a small overhaul, things should be a bit tidier and zippier. The impetus behind this is partly the looming launch date of my book Stealing With the Eyes, which is due out in mid-May. It seemed a shame …

Painting Her to My Own Mind

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A year or so back, I was invited by the Laurence Sterne Trust to contribute to their exhibition Paint Her to Your Own Mind, an exhibition with 147 artists and writers all contributing their visions of the ravishing Widow Wadman to fill the blank page left by Laurence Sterne in Tristram Shandy. As an ex art student in long-term recovery, …

A Decade of Books in Emojis

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This year marks a decade since the publication of my first book, Cargo Fever. As it is a Sunday morning, and I have nothing else to do, I thought I would mark the occasion by translating the titles of all my books into emoji. I’ve included my forthcoming books (😱🏦🔫) ➕👀 and Elee Kirk’s 📸🏛💭 on the list as well, …