Therapeutic Philosophy and the Pharmacopoeia of Humankind

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Some time ago, I attended a conference — I won’t say where the conference was — at which a certain speaker was talking about what he called the “fundamental conditions of human existence”. The speaker was a tall, rather distinguished looking Norwegian academic; and as he spoke, he laid out what he believed these conditions to be. “Existential loneliness,” he …

Bibliodiversity, Competition and Charismatic Megafauna

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Tomorrow is the UK launch event for my novel, [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link]; and I’m delighted to be launching it alongside my good friends, Jonathan Taylor, Maria Taylor and Simon Perril, who are all launching books of their own (Jonathan’s [amazon_link id=”1907773274″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Entertaining Strangers[/amazon_link], Maria’s [amazon_link id=”0957098456″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Melanchrini[/amazon_link] and …

Existential Romps with Short Men

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It’s now five years since my first novel, [amazon_link id=”0955138426″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Cargo Fever[/amazon_link], was published; and—now that my [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]second novel[/amazon_link] has emerged out into the world—I can perhaps confess that the earlier book is one towards which I harbour both a kind of affection and also a kind of ambivalence. Affection, because I still …

Research, One Couch at a Time

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After several years of research, writing and rewriting, my second novel, [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre,[/amazon_link] is now finally published by the excellent Roman Books (in the UK at least—if you are in the USA, you will have to wait until December 11th), and it’s good to see that the novel seems to be already getting …

Understanding, misunderstanding and failing to understanding the classics

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I’m writing this from Bangor, where I’m at a conference on Cultural Translation and East Asia; and in about an hour’s time, I’ll be in a panel where I’ll talking about the Chinese classic the Yijing 易經 (I Ching) and about my novel-in-progress, A Book of Changes, which puts the Yijing to work as a kind of literature machine, giving rise to …

The Descent of the Lyre Now Published (an interview)

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Well, I’m pleased to say that my second novel, [amazon_link id=”9380905076″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descent of the Lyre[/amazon_link], is now published, and so I thought in honour of the occasion I would post the following interview that first saw the light of day over on Necessary Fiction. The interview that follows was conducted by my one and only pseudonym …