Out and About in the Fourth Estate With Steven Gilfillan

Critical Alert I have it on the best authority, Borak Yesenin’s in fact, that there was one presence ghosting through Felicity Brick’s news report that only he and a handful of others were able to recognise. Felicity as we know is multilingual – French and Italian added to her English – though that doesn’t necessarily […]

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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey

Review by Jon Elsby Reviewers have been divided about the purpose of this book. Supporters of Donald Trump see it as an exercise in score-settling. Other Comey critics, not necessarily Republicans, are inclined to see it as an ego-trip – the former Director of the FBI seizing a final chance to take centre stage before […]

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The Lottery Gates

a short story by Peter Cowlam If Peter Cowlam were a painter he would be Gustave Moreau. His story is a treasure chest of sparkling symbols. His writing reads like the libretto of an opera. The Lottery Gates is a mystical quest full of unexpected encounters and luscious vistas. The protagonist would like to be […]

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Berkeleianism versus Buckleianism

By Peter Cowlam ‘I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopaedia…’ —J. L. Borges, ‘Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius’ No matter, God will sustain Berkeley, who was Bishop of Cloyne in 1734, denied the existence of matter in a reply to Locke (1632–1704), whose conception of the universe was […]

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