On a Chinese Screen by W. Somerset Maugham

On A Chinese Screen is an odd book, written by stalwart man of letters W. Somerset Maugham as he travelled through China in 1919. This short book combines travel anecdotes, character sketches and occasional pieces of short fiction, all of which attempt to evoke his experience of China as it happened. The 58 short chapters (the book is only…

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Yo yo yo, poppa’s back on the #HuffPo, this time writing about witnessing street harassment. Righteous, click-baity, feminist but with a male angle, fun fun fun! All these words are links. This time I crowbar in the phrase “West Midlands ska band” and the title of a Meat Loaf song. Enjoy.

D. H. Lawrence and Italy

I review a Lawrentian travel writing collection containing Twilight in Italy, Sea and Sardinia and Sketches of Etruscan Places.

Birthday Post: 6,500 Words on Skyfall

It’s my birthday, so I spent over six hours watching the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall, occasionally pausing it to write copious notes. In some ways, I’m just retelling the story, in other ways I am exploring the film. My plan had been to turn it into a 1,000 word essay, but by the time the…

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Something marvellous and confusing has happened. I have become a critical subject. Over at Queerty, an online news site whose tagline is “Free of an Agenda. Except that Gay One” (which is great), their Assistant Editor, Graham Gremore, has written about my most recent Huffington Post piece. I’m not certain if posting about this on here…