I’m taking what might be a bit of a risk with the choice for October’s Book of the Month, the subject matter of which is not only difficult but considered by some as genuinely disturbing. I began reading The Comfort of Strangers on its release in 1981: the fact I couldn’t finish it is one … Continue reading Book of the Month :: An Introduction to the Challenging
If you're new here, please take a moment to read our Mission Statement October's featured text is 'The Comfort of Strangers' by Iain McEwan You can buy it here. Each month, the Internet of Words presents a selection of content: fiction, essays, poetry and non-fiction, inspired and directly influenced by our Book of the Month. To … Continue reading October’s Book of the Month
Throw 6 To Start As the second sun goes down, Riz wonders if he’s done the right thing. This is closer to disaster as he’s ever flown, far too late to start wishing the journey had never been undertaken. With Pleasure Planet Pixel in darkness, there is less than a rotation before the Game he’s … Continue reading Book of the Month :: Throw 6 to Start
Freakonomics is, undoubtedly, a brilliant book of essays which almost effortlessly uses causality to knit together seemingly disparate truths. However, for me at times it was a hard set of scenarios to grasp. The problem is not the details, but numbers. Economics, as is the case with so many branches of the sciences, relies on … Continue reading Book of the Month :: Why Numbers are Scary, and Other Stories.
It is a truly brave commentator who’d consider comparing the Ku Klux Klan with a bunch of Estate Agents, but that is exactly what Levitt and Dubner decide to do in Chapter 2 of Freakonomics. This section of the 2005 book is particularly apposite in light of current events, with the alt-right very much front … Continue reading Book of the Month :: The Hidden Side of Everything
I'm a little late with this repost this week, for which I apologise, but it does finally mean the wheels of back-site organisation are working as intended. This will be the final spot from now on for the Twitter site's Haiku and Micropoetry, and I'll be attempting to write on a public prompt/own inspiration/public prompt … Continue reading The Phoenix :: Haiku and Micropoetry
It is the summer of 2003. Europe is sweltering under the worst heatwave for 500 years as Malta, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland all vote to join the European Union. In the US, it is less than six months since US forces invaded Iraq and liberated Baghdad, as intellectual fights rage as to the validity … Continue reading Book of the Month :: When Steven met Stephen…