Imperial Designs

I’ve given a few talks in Belgrade this year – The Cut and Paste City and The Lonely Planet Guide to Uqbar – and most recently Imperial Designs for the Bricolage Lab series hosted at Nova Iskra. I told everybody at Bricolage that I would…

AidCoin: a revolution in humanitarian financing

Introduction The World Humanitarian Summit has opened up a space for debate in the humanitarian sector. Questions about how humanitarian action is financed — where the money comes from, the channels through which it goes, and the way in which it is finally disbursed — have been the focus…

Time under water

You think of these migraines as something outside yourself. When you wake from that afternoon hibernation, you think to yourself: “Is it gone yet?” No, it hasn’t gone yet. It rides you like guilt, bearing you down. It throbs and writhes just beneath the skin…

Es-Tu, Charlie?

I’m deeply sorry for those killed in the attack on Charlie Hebdo and its aftermath, and for the pain of their families and friends. I have to say these things in advance of anything else I write, because – well, because those are the things…

Horse Phantoms

A couple of months ago, I published Four Species of Ghost, a knife crime on the body of psycho-geography, in Kamenzind Beograd Issue 5. Four Species is partly an homage to Iain Sinclair, whose work has been hugely influential in how I understand the city…

Writing off Iraq

This month the White Review published my non fiction piece Every Night is like a Disco: Iraq, 2003, which only took me 11 years to write. I had it in notes, in my head, for that whole time; I always intended to write something, especially…

Your Berlin is a Wonderland

Thanks to the Wonderland crew, I spent last week in Berlin touring a cross-section of the city’s most Berlin-ish urban developments. Berlin isn’t the city it was – the relentless teeth of global capital and recession angst have really started to bite in the last…

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ImprovE @ Bivsi

15. Oktobar 2014. Bivši Bar. ImprovE 2.22. Fight night. ROUND 1: Gastarbeiter vs Stang. ROUND 2: Lobotune vs Filtercutter. ROUND 3: Emily joins us on accordion. VERDICT: We all shake hands and part as friends. We got your recording of Round 1 right here. Post-production: Igor…

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Scene V. Dunsinane. Within the castle.

I originally submitted The tiger waiting on the shore to Nature magazine because I’d been enjoying the Nature Futures podcast. This week Nature selected the story for the podcast, and I had the pleasure of listening to Noah Baker read it. I have no idea…