Date Archives January 2008

Short story publication

My short story “Postcards from a Previous Life” is now available to buy. It is being published by Leaf Books as part of the collection “Naked Thighs and Cotton Frocks and Other Stories“. It is my first fiction publication and I am very excited about it. The story tells of a series of postcards that start arriving from a long-lost friend describing a holiday that she took when she was young. These odd postcards force their recipients to confront memories of their youth, their dreams and long-forgotten aspirations.

The Shock Doctrine

New Left Review 48 carries an interesting review by Michael Hardt (co-author of “Empire”) of Naomi Klein’s new book The Shock Doctrine. Makes me want to read the book. Klein, according to Hardt, draws a parallel between the electric shock therapy of the 1950s and the neoliberal doctrine of economic shock therapy. Electric shocks to the brain were thought to disorient patients and destroy their existing psychic structures, creating a clean slate from which to build up a new, more amenable personality. The same is now being done on an… Read More