Gustav Landauer and Oscar Wilde

For reasons I don’t fully understand, this old paper of mine seems to have been getting a lot of attention recently. When Gustav Landauer first appeared on my radar back in 2005 he was a pretty obscure character, but becoming less so thanks to Richard Day’s Gramsci is Dead (2005) and later Gabriel Kuhn’s Revolution and Other Writings (2010), which led to a resurgence of interest in his ideas, and in Kuhn’s case made available the largest collection of his writings ever published in English. But much of the material being written Read more ›

Murphy Ranch

Tangled in the undergrowth of Rustic Canyon, a couple of miles’ walk up the Sullivan Ridge fire road from the manicured absurdity of Pacific Palisades, lie the ruins of one of L.A.’s more unusual landmarks. Not much remains of Murphy Ranch these days – just a series of crumbling concrete foundations, twisted, burnt-out skeletons of abandoned buildings, and a weird atmosphere. For while the graffiti-tagged wreckage of yesterday’s industry is no rarity in the hills around Los Angeles, cradle to so many wacko cults and Read more ›

Pavey Ark

From a distance, Pavey Ark doesn’t have an immediately obvious place in the battlements of Great Langdale. In the jagged arrangement of peaks and crags cutting out into the sky it sits back, a sullen wall of black stone sunk obliquely in the mountainside high above the dale. From below it’s more a presence than a peak, standing over its neighbourhood with a quietly menacing air of dignity and calm. Up close, when it slides into view over the crest of the hike from the valley floor, its effect is breathtaking. Read more ›