On the deaths of children

When Gustav Mahler was writing his song cycle “Kindertoten Lieder” at the dawn of the twentieth century, the threat of deadly childhood diseases like Scarlet fever and Diphtheria was still very real. The poems he set to music had been written some 70 years earlier by Friedrich Ruckert, who was consumed with grief for many… Continue reading On the deaths of children

Sinking the Narrative

As civilised society collapses around us in a dizzying slide down into some kind of primaeval swamp, taking with it all the markers that once kept it on track, there remain a few fundamental hooks or toe-holds that may save us. It seems impossible that 2022 could degenerate so rapidly into chaos, worse than that… Continue reading Sinking the Narrative