To talk about David Bowie, first we need to talk about Thomas Carlyle, a philosopher who, near the beginning of the 19th century, recognised that rationalism was undermining the mythical foundation of society – Christianity – without putting any new myths in its place. In Sartor Resartus, his unusual and wonderful book of 1830, he Read more…

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Hello from Latitude, the rather soggy music festival in Suffolk. I gave a talk there yesterday afternoon, then spent a wonderful day listening to some really good live music. The highlight of yesterday for me was Janelle Monae, who was full of energy and  grandiosity. Song of the day was Clock Opera’s Belongings, played as Read more…

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The murdered rapper Tupac, who seems to have an uncannily busy career for a dead person, was resurrected last week at the Coachella music festival, via some nifty light / CGI special effects. Looks like Zombie Tupac will be going on tour with Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre, who also wants to re-animate murdered rapper Read more…

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This song should be the anthem for the politics of well-being.

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The British arts and culture sector is in a flap. The Office of National Statistics is about to finish its consultation defining the domains of well-being, and guess what…arts and culture aren’t in there! Shit! Cue some desperate lobbying of the ONS to make sure they include arts and culture in their official definition of Read more…

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