One of the more surprising aspects of having this website over the past year has been seeing which pieces of writing connect with readers and how; noticing, for example, how on one day a reader in the Philippines links with a few more in the United States, and then another in Argentina, or Germany or wherever it might be through the reading of a particular piece of writing.
Two older essays keep returning in the traces: one on the great Argentine writer, Borges and another on the French iconoclast, Michel Houellebecq. It's almost as if this writing is flickering light, across borders and time-zones. So as an expression of gratitude - and it must be said curiosity and intrigue - here are the two essays again.
As a response to this interest, I have created a new tag 'essays' where you can find my longer pieces, from the archive (on literature, music/hip-hop and refugees) and also future extracts from the book I'm writing on Paris. My hope is that readers who like a certain subject might also try others, as in the end I'm using the same literary techniques and it is driven by the same sensibility.
My curiosity is piqued by all of this; I encourage you to contact me to let me in on the 'secret'. Indeed, I encourage anyone who reads work on this site to get in touch via contact (as I don't always see the comments on the essays) Thanks.