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Orphans and masters

THE ORPHAN MASTER’S SON by Adam Johnson (First published by Random House, 2012)


This is the story of a survivor who has nothing to live for.

Pak Jun Do is a North Korean John Doe and by all accounts a model citizen of a shitty nation.

Adam Johnson’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel illustrates that when living within ideological systems it is too easy to get stuck between a rock and a hard place. Hegemony functions to make any way of life appear to be ‘normal’ and/or beyond reproach.

Johnson asks plenty of loaded questions such as to whether it is nobler to be devoted to the ‘dear leader’ (Kim Jon II) of North Korea than to cling to an often elusive American dream. No middle way is offered. Continue reading


Part of an irregular series of bite-sized posts about 7″ singles I own – shameless nostalgia from the days of vinyl. (Search ‘Backtracking’ to collect the set!)

THE CLASH – (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais b/w The Prisoner (CBS, 1978)

The mainstream hegemony is highly efficient and resistant to threats. It is hard to believe that less than two years before the release of this single, the folk devils were pounding on the door getting the establishment in a sweat.

Punk Rock was accused of demonizing the youth and the treasured social order was seen as being at risk. The tabloids railed against the filth and the fury on prime time TV. Where would all end? The Sex Pistols were the main whipping boys but they were seen as just the tip of a dangerous iceberg. Continue reading

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