animals

Eating Meat

In nearly every case, something died for you to go on living. Even a vegan or raw food diet requires suppressing some forms of life. With no exception, the lives…

Simon Ryder, Forgetful Worlds

Forgetful Worlds

Milking parlours are the place of an everyday cleanliness that is found nowhere else. It is difficult type of cleanliness to describe: not tidy in a domestic way, nor sterile,…

Parakeets London

Parakeets and Purity

Because the land, the country, is such a focus of horticulture, there are important moments when its extraordinary fetishisation has connected it with movements of the extreme right: rhetorically, to…

Painting of a Mouse, by Shibata Zeshin

Of a Mouse, To a Mouse

The clean pink two back feet he has have long toes almost like a bird’s. Unlike a bird’s, the tail, a draggled earthworm, limps behind his search. Head joined on…

Gao Qipei - Stag. Walters Art Museum

In Richmond Park

Here is the cusp of November colour: deer in a nicotine prairie. Trunks snaked by squirrels, clouds and crows over yellow and russet leaf-rag. On thin legs, bulbous-jointed like twiglets,…

Nain Persian rug

Multiverses 263-396: Another Worlds iz Possible

After John Bell, Momus, Heisenberg, Jonathan Swift, I Ching, Calvino, and Shrodinger   Multiverse 263 The Multiverse in which multiplication is always exponential across galaxies. For every status update posted…

(Re)Imagining the Insect

54 million years before humans appeared on earth, there was once upon a time an insect that died, its cadaver is still visible and intact, the cadaver of someone who…

A Field Guide to East London Wildlife

A Field Guide to East London Wildlife

Humans are not the only species undergoing a process of urbanisation. It is well documented that we have made a mess of this planet, and – depending on who you…

Terike Haapoja and Laura Gustafsson

Oikeusjuttu (The Trial)

In Finland, the wolf is both more and less than an animal; it is a symbol. And this November sees a court case in which the very nature of that…