Plunder & Salvage

Michael Blackburn. Poet. Chief of the Inner Station.

Aug 30
Beethoven, the irascible genius.

The image of the irascible Beethoven is almost a cliché, yet it is true that he responded with defiance and hostility to almost every impediment life presented.

Beethoven, the irascible genius.

The image of the irascible Beethoven is almost a cliché, yet it is true that he responded with defiance and hostility to almost every impediment life presented.


Aug 29

Yes voters in Scotland show why they’re a good reason to vote No.

It’s a pity the immediate reaction of the Yes campaign to anyone who disagrees with them is aggression.


Updike’s dumpster archives.

Moran has kept thousands of pieces of Updike’s garbage—a trove that he says includes photographs, discarded drafts of stories, canceled checks, White House invitations, Christmas cards, love letters, floppy disks, a Mickey Mouse flip book, and a pair of brown tasseled loafers.

Updike’s dumpster archives.

Moran has kept thousands of pieces of Updike’s garbage—a trove that he says includes photographs, discarded drafts of stories, canceled checks, White House invitations, Christmas cards, love letters, floppy disks, a Mickey Mouse flip book, and a pair of brown tasseled loafers.


Aug 26
Gin, gin, gin, gin and more gin.

All the horrors of 18th-century Gin Lane are here, including instances of child alcoholism. In an effort to stop the entire population of London reeling with gin, successive governments tried different restrictions.

Gin, gin, gin, gin and more gin.

All the horrors of 18th-century Gin Lane are here, including instances of child alcoholism. In an effort to stop the entire population of London reeling with gin, successive governments tried different restrictions.


Aug 25
Save our children from this evil train!

I THOUGHT WE had reached the final frontier of outrage when cupcakes were declared fascist, but I was wrong.

Save our children from this evil train!

I THOUGHT WE had reached the final frontier of outrage when cupcakes were declared fascist, but I was wrong.


Aug 1

Jul 27

Cherish our heritage, not Kim Kardashian, says Loyd Grossman.

Cherish our heritage, not Kim Kardashian, says Loyd Grossman.

Vogue Festival 2013 opening party, London, Britain - 27 Apr 2013

If I ruled the world, I would—before I was kicked out, strung up or sent into exile—encourage a closer engagement with the past. Like my illustrious predecessor on this page, Simon Schama, I go for the idea of making history a compulsory subject until the age of 16. Whether you wish to be a biochemist, hedge fund tycoon, lobsterman or—God forbid—an MP, not a lot in the world around us makes…

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Jul 24
The foul tornado – Peter Hitchens on the Great War.

To say that that the First World War was the greatest cataclysm in human history since the fall of the Roman Empire is to put it mildly.

The foul tornado – Peter Hitchens on the Great War.

To say that that the First World War was the greatest cataclysm in human history since the fall of the Roman Empire is to put it mildly.


Jul 23
Nobody likes poetry. And why would they? Do we need another poem that describes the way that light…

Nobody likes poetry. And why would they? Do we need another poem that describes the way that light falls on your writing desk as a metaphor for your mother’s cancer operation? Absolutely not. Source: Dazeddigital.

Nobody likes poetry. And why would they? Do we need another poem that describes the way that light…

Nobody likes poetry. And why would they? Do we need another poem that describes the way that light falls on your writing desk as a metaphor for your mother’s cancer operation? Absolutely not. Source: Dazeddigital.


Jul 18

New Loop on Radio Wildfire (18 July 14).

New Loop on Radio Wildfire (18 July 14).

There’s a brand new selection of tracks now playing in The Loop on Radio Wildfire – playing 24/7, a selection of stories, satires, poetry, spoken word, music and interview @ http://www.radiowildfire.com – another continuous Loop of live literature and chat.

There’s Words with music and soundscape from Lee Foust, Florence; Andrew Barnes, UK; Mark Goodwin, UK; and from David Michael Jackson, USA,…

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