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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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Kode9 & The Spaceape

Kode9 & The Spaceape

Operational Bass Originally published in the Stool Pigeon There’s an uneasy moment following my interview with Kode9 and the Spaceape when I realise I’ve left my dictaphone running on the mixing desk of the former’s south London studio. I return to his front door to find him standing there grinning, said apparatus in hand. “I...
Book Review: Mark Kermode

Book Review: Mark Kermode

The Good, The Bad And The Multiplex by Mark Kermode Originally published in the Navidson Record I once almost got into a punch-up at a press screening. I’d turned up less than a minute into the Mexican football comedy Rudo y Cursi and been pushed by a panicky usher into the diminutive theatre, which was...
DJ Shadow: The Less You Know The Better

DJ Shadow: The Less You Know The Better

The Entertainer Originally published in the Stool Pigeon As first Glastonburys go, DJ Shadow’s appearance at Worthy Farm last month didn’t have the most auspicious build up. Not only was he performing at a John Peel stage ankle deep in the worst kind of slop – not only did his headline slot coincide with Friday...
Surfing In Bangladesh

Surfing In Bangladesh

Breaking Bangladesh Originally published in Huck At 4pm on my second day in Bangladesh I wake from a jet-lag slumber in a paint-peeling, fly-infested hotel room in Cox’s Bazar. I flip on export strength Indian MTV as I dress, marvelling at its garish adoption of western norms – the ads for skin-lightening creams, the reality...
Kiteboarding In Egypt

Kiteboarding In Egypt

Riders On The Red Sea Originally published in the Time Out Adventure Guide There’s something appropriate about our kiteboarding instructor’s nickname being Goose. It’s more than a mere facial resemblance – his beady eyes and broom moustache certainly recall Maverick’s dapper but ultimately doomed wingman in Top Gun, but it’s the tongue-in-cheek way he runs...
Cypress Hill

Cypress Hill

Pot Shots Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Like most habitual dope smokers, the only party I can recall from the last twenty years is the one at which I puffed my first ever joint. Even then the details are hazy: I remember the host, Jim Walsh, arm-wrestling his pretty blonde girlfriend over a surfboard....
Part2ism

Part2ism

Cardboard City Originally published in Modart Your mum would love Part 2. Biodegradable graffiti? She’d probably call him a ‘thoughtful young man’ and bake him some ginger biscuits. But as usual, she’d be missing the point. His new breed of disposable urban art – the aptly named Part2ism – may be removable without the need...
Bode Miller

Bode Miller

Rider On The Storm Originally published by the Church Of London Despite being on first name terms with the world’s best skiers and knowing most of its best slopes better than his own back yard, in April 2011 Bode Miller found himself shunting down the scrappy, unforgiving runs of Cannon Mountain in rural New Hampshire...
Indoor Climbing

Indoor Climbing

On The Ropes Originally published in Time Out Newcomers to the aptly-named Castle Climbing Centre regularly get the fear with their feet still firmly on the ground. First there are those gothic towers looming over Green Lanes: add a little lightning, and you’ll be waiting for the bus driver to turn around and make you...
The Gaslamp Killer

The Gaslamp Killer

Gaslamp Killer Shining Light On ‘Overlooked’ Los Angeles Originally published in the Stool Pigeon Anyone who caught The Gaslamp Killer’s set at this summer’s Brainfeeder session in London’s Fabric will have witnessed a performance as mesmerising for the eyes as for the ears. GLK moshed his trademark mushroom of curls, screamed obscenities into the microphone,...
Sue Savage-Rumbaugh

Sue Savage-Rumbaugh

Savage Grace Originally published in Google Think For more than half her life, 64-year-old Sue Savage-Rumbaugh has waged a tireless campaign to break the language barrier separating humans from bonobos – great apes native to the Congo, and with which humans share 98% of their genetic makeup. Her work has taken her from the language department...
Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus

Soul Position Originally published in the Stool Pigeon There’s a sense among those attending Brainfeeder at Fabric that they’re less participants in a club night than privileged witnesses of a mass movement in electronic music. It’s a feeling bolstered by the way the cast of DJs resemble a clan of twisted superheroes: the butter-wouldn’t-melt cuteness...