The Monologism of Politically Correct Language: or being accused of supporting Donald Trump

Recently when I was sitting at the Kimberley Hotel talking to some old friends and a few art students I discovered just how dangerous it is to speak one’s mind these days. That is, to introduce seemingly unknown thoughts into the official social discourse that is standardly observed at places like art schools, universities and social groups. At the end I was accused, amongst other … Continue reading The Monologism of Politically Correct Language: or being accused of supporting Donald Trump

The Second Man: An autobiography concerning​ a sense of belonging – 3

Like Crusoe, I wanted to escape my country when I was young. I had, as a boy, identified with England. Not only because of an ethnic similarity and a shared language but because it seemed to me progressive and open. It also seemed a land where culture was rooted deep and a place where the empty cultureless life, of what Stephen Watson referred to as … Continue reading The Second Man: An autobiography concerning​ a sense of belonging – 3

The Second Man: An autobiography concerning a sense of belonging – 2

A lot of work has been done on Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe in relationship to its colonial and postcolonial positions. Edward Said said of Robinson Crusoe that he is the perfect example of the historical colonial invader who ‘rules and reclaims for Christianity and England…[and] is enabled by an ideology of overseas expansion’. What rarely seems the focus of criticism these days is Crusoe’s solitude and his earthly … Continue reading The Second Man: An autobiography concerning a sense of belonging – 2