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But it’s no different from jokes about murder.

  I once told a joke that hurt someone who’d lost a loved one to murder. It was awful. It was not even a joke about murder. It was a joke about how some people thought I was twenty-three, but actually I was twenty-six. The context really isn’t worth explaining, it wasn’t much of a […]

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I Hate Strong Female Characters — in the New Statesman

Here  I pour bilious hate unto the unfortunate figure of the Strong Female Character as she appears in popular fiction. From the piece I remember watching Shrek with my mother. “The Princess knew kung-fu! That was nice,” I said. And yet I had a vague sense of unease, a sense that I was saying it […]

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London: Unreal City

  This article originally appeared inVector , the journal of the BFSA. I’ll be discussing imaginary cities with Kit Caless on Resonance FM at 3 today, so I thought I’d post it here. London is fractal. It’s dark and I’m walking a route north from Deptford that I’m sure I’ve taken before, but this time […]

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The Rape of James Bond

On Sexual Assault, and “Realism” in Popular Culture..   This essay discusses rape of both women and men throughout. No specific real-world cases are mentioned nor are any scenes described graphically, however as it’s about realism, it does necessarily shuttle rapidly between incidents in fairly silly texts and grim facts about the real world. Spoilers […]

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