democracy slips by, freedoms die, glaciers calve, the oceans’ oxygen falls and darkness beckons
No easier to understand than bathos, though that at least is simply pathos with a more explosive consonant. The one aims directly at emotions, drawing them on, straining them, bringing out your inner self. The other is the ultimate anticlimax, a stupidity that sets out to deliberately frustrate serious emotion. Continue reading “Enigma Variations – Trumpet Score”
Evil in society is a common theme in any form of fiction. The time might be past, present or future, the characters human or not. In some evil triumphs, in others good and in yet more the reader is left not quite knowing which has gained the upper hand. Powerful as these tales may be, the fact remains that truth is often stranger than fiction. As in this tale. Continue reading “Evil in Society”
A Boston journalist researches an article about the US presidency in December 2018
An unprecedented northerly brought feet of snow, blizzards and freezing weather to much of mid and eastern America. The number of poor people who would die because they could not afford heating was as yet unknown. Trains were not running, airports closed. Most main roads would be deadly parking lots until the blizzards eased up sufficiently for them to be cleared. People were trapped in cars and trucks, some would die. Continue reading “Decaf Coffee”
The current fuss about fake news is, to some extent, itself fake news.
Thinking about fake news; Not that people do all that much, think that is when they read or watch news. If they did, they would realise that much of today’s news is biased at best, deliberately presented in a way to catch your emotions rather than to tantalise your critical thought. Continue reading “Thinking About Fake News”
Once you offend the powerful it’s too late to learn how to hide
The man who called himself Aeron is a central character in my spy thriller Aeron. He is a very successful international crook. This story provides the background of his early success in international crime. And shows how he eventually earned the wrath of what we nowadays call the 1 percent.