Review: Gooseberries, by Anton Chekhov

The first of the Penguin Little Black Classics series that I’ve read — having bought a whole shelf of them a few years back — and it’s a good one. Chekhov is described as having…


Review: Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff

Matt Ruff has taken a long, hard look at what life was like for African Americans in the early 1950s and reimagined it as horror fiction written by the master, H.P. Lovecraft. All the main…


Why Sanders lost

Why did Bernie Sanders fail to win the Democratic nomination in 2020? Let’s start with three explanations that don’t work. 1. The Democratic party establishment conspired to stop him. That was only partly true in…



Bernie Sanders’ 6 point plan

Bernie Sanders has drafted a 6 point plan for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and the looming economic crisis – and the strange thing is that he doesn’t mention the presidential election nor the name…