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David Lynch

David Lynch

The Fire This Time Originally published in Metropolitan In a scene straight from one of his films, David Lynch stands huddled beneath an enormous tree, strong winds lashing branches overhead and scattering leaves against the dark afternoon sky. One hand cups a cigarette, the other is pressed to the trunk...
Jack Nance

Jack Nance

Lost Highway: Jack Nance Remembered By David Lynch & Others Originally published in the Quietus There’s something vaguely Lynchian about the envelope that drops through the letterbox a few days before the 15th anniversary of Jack Nance’s death. It bears the Oregon return address of Catherine Coulson – Nance’s first...
Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil

Transgressive Man Originally published in Google Think, photography by Bill Wadman There’s a scene near the opening of Transcendent Man, the 2009 documentary on futurist Ray Kurzweil, showing archive footage of the then 17-year-old’s appearance on US panel show I’ve Got A Secret. Suited and smiling and exuding the awkward...
Jim Rippey

Jim Rippey

Heavens Above Originally published in Huck Exchanging YouTube clips of classic video sections by the legendary snowboarders that inspired us as kids is a hobby for myself and my close friend Spencer. It’s no surprise, then, to wake to an email with the subject heading ‘Jim Rippey’. Less expected is...
Rohingya

Rohingya

The Long Wait Originally published in the New Statesman (August 2009), photography by Giles Duley There was little to mark the dawn of May 21st as different from any other in the Bangladeshi beach resort of Cox’s Bazar. Rickshaw drivers snoozed in their carriages beneath whispering palms; labourers awoke in...
Tron

Tron

The Legacy Of Tron Originally published in Little White Lies Few films came to embody the neon futurism of the 1980s like Tron, yet for director Steven Lisberger it’s a movie rooted in the psychedelic movement of the 1960s in which he grew up. An only child whose parents died when...
Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys

No Sleep Since Brooklyn Originally published in the Stool Pigeon, photography by Spencer Murphy As Beastie Boys videos go, it’s an understated affair. Adams Yauch and Horovitz – MCA and Ad-Rock respectively – are seated in front of a large mixing desk. Yauch wears a red collared shirt and does...
Private Space Flight

Private Space Flight

Fly Me To The Moon Originally published in Little White Lies In June 2011 the Economist ran a headline that it claimed summed up a sense of international despair. ‘The End Of The Space Age’ was a withering obituary on what it saw as the mortified remains of space exploration:...
Forced Marriage

Forced Marriage

Runaway Brides Originally published in the Sunday Telegraph, photography by Spencer Murphy It’s no accident that the Stonham women’s refuge in Slough is a non-descript house on a non-descript street. Even inside the untrained eye struggles to pick out the signs: a coin-operated washer-dryer in the laundry; an Islamic prayer...
Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks

Who Killed Twin Peaks? Originally published in Little White Lies For legions of Lynch fans worldwide, the events unravelling in the logging town of Twin Peaks are only ever partly as interesting as those reputed to have taken place behind the camera, most of which centre on the unconventional methods...
Sebastian Horsley

Sebastian Horsley

Narcissism And Neurosis Originally published in the New Statesman, photography by Spencer Murphy Three months ago a photographer friend and I met with Sebastian Horsley while researching a book on outsiders in British society. We arrived at his Soho flat to find him hanging out the first floor window, exchanging innuendo-riddled...
Gonjasufi

Gonjasufi

Desert Storm Originally published in the Stool Pigeon There’s so little known about the dystopian warrior poet Gonjasufi that research is all but impossible, and I’m forced to email Warp Records after our chat to clear up a few points I never got to raise in the interview. What is...
Arthur Boyt

Arthur Boyt

A Moveable Feast Originally published in Huck, photography by Spencer Murphy With white hair poking from the brim of his blue woollen hat, scalpel in hand and glasses pushed to the bridge of his nose, there’s something of the surgeon about Arthur Boyt as he looms over a pheasant lying...
DOOM

DOOM

Cast Iron Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Any bona fide celebrity worth his or her salt tends to have at least one red button subject guaranteed to bring interviews to a less than amicable end. Jennifer Aniston, for example, refuses to talk about the fact that she’s a solitary...
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Spencer Murphy

Spencer Murphy

Into The Abyss Originally published in Huck One morning this summer I woke at 4am in the spare room of Spencer Murphy’s north London flat. I dressed quickly in the dark, creeping into the kitchen to find Spencer sipping coffee, up an hour already. We quietly loaded bags of camera equipment into the back of...
Marie Colvin

Marie Colvin

Marie’s Place Is Empty Originally published in the New Statesman I walk along Fatemi Avenue in Tehran amid the swirling dust of a gathering electrical storm, the tulip-shaped towers of the Hotel Laleh swimming in a heat haze over honking afternoon traffic. I muster a smile for the doormen in peaked caps and gold lanyard...
The Merry Pranksters

The Merry Pranksters

The Kool Kids Originally published in Huck Ken Kesey was already something of a literary sensation when, in the summer of 1962, Dean Moriarty stepped off the pages of On The Road and into the increasingly strange story of his life. Tom Wolfe, in his seminal book on Kesey’s psychedelic adventures, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid...
Geoff Barrow

Geoff Barrow

Bristol Cream Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Bristol’s Geoff Barrow is a man with many hats. Best known as the third of Portishead most commonly hunched over a bank of electronic equipment, he is also the guy behind lo fi rockers Beak> and sci fi comic book collaborators Drokk (the latter recently released a...
Censorship On Film

Censorship On Film

Censoring The Centipede Originally published in Little White Lies Choosing not to watch The Human Centipede 2 when it hit cinemas in September was a simple exercise in consumer rights; harder to avoid was the media furore surrounding the initial refusal of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to certify the movie due to...
London's Muslim Rappers

London’s Muslim Rappers

The Power Of Verse Originally published in Huck, photography by Spencer Murphy The doors to London’s Central Mosque are open to visitors, but few outsiders cross the threshold to witness Friday prayers. A five-minute walk away, tourists queue to have their pictures taken with a costumed Victorian policeman outside the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker...
Speedflying In The Alps

Speedflying In The Alps

The Kite Runners Originally published in the Financial Times It sometimes feels as though there isn’t much ground being broken by the new wave of outdoor thrill seekers. Kite surfing is arguably little more than self-piloted water skiing; volcano boarding is snowboarding on blankets of ash. Canyoning? Carpet skating? It’s hard to take a step...
Caving In Derbyshire

Caving In Derbyshire

Hidden Depths Originally published in the Time Out Adventure Guide   Having a fear of being trapped in a cave is no more irrational than being scared of great white sharks or finding bird-eating spiders in your breakfast cereal. That said, I’m genuinely bad in tight spaces; not clinically claustrophobic, perhaps, but scarred for life...
Snowboarding In Japan

Snowboarding In Japan

Powder Play First published in the Time Out Adventure Guide, photography by James Mutter   There are few dress rehearsals more disturbing than learning to dig your friend from an avalanche. Our guide, Watanabe, shows us how to switch our trackers to search mode before hiding one in the snow and having us converge on...
Peter Diamandis

Peter Diamandis

The X-Man Originally published in Google Think In February 2012 Peter Diamandis took the stage at TED to talk about the subject that informs his new co-authored book, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. Following a barrage of bad news images beamed on to a screen behind him – foundering cruise ships, famine...
Zomby

Zomby

Hellboy Unbound Originally published in the Stool Pigeon From Jack the Ripper’s back-alley boozers to dungeons that have witnessed centuries of torture, burnings and beheadings, London has more horror per square hectare than most major cities. Strange, then, that our encounter with the elusive spook of UK dance music known only as Zomby takes place...
Female Bodybuilding

Female Bodybuilding

Girl Power Originally published in the Sunday Telegraph, photography by Spencer Murphy We’ve been speaking barely ten minutes when Sarah Bridges shifts her enormous upper body in the dollhouse dimensions of her chair and clocks a young man, kit bag in hand, framed in the doorway of the Dartford pub she runs with her husband...