I’m a freelance writer, critic and teacher from London. I’m passionate about art, media, technology and culture.
It all started with an old, beige Acorn Archimedes, and games like Rick Dangerous, Chuck Rock and James Pond. Later, I had a tiny Mac Color Classic. Things began to look up when I got an N64 one Christmas, and later, built a PC. The two games which had the biggest impact on me were probably Ocarina of Time and Deus Ex.
Film is another passion of mine, with its endless possibilities for “armchair-theorising”. Some of my favourite films are from directors like David Cronenberg, Kubrick, Scorsese, David Lynch, Hayao Miyazaki, Terry Gilliam, the Coen brothers, Kurasawa, Johnnie To and Wong Kar-wai. There are too many great films to count; listing directors just makes things easier.
I generally like reading science fiction and modernist/post-modern literature. Some of my favourite authors: J.G. Ballard, Christopher Priest, Ken Macleod, China Mieville, Iain Banks, Alan Moore, Phillip K. Dick, Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood and Michael Moorcock. You can see what I mean about the sci-fi. I also enjoy reading older stuff like Poe, Baudelaire, Kafka and Lovecraft, as well as lots and lots of non-fiction, philosophy, film, cultural, social and political theory.