Incremental progress meets Zeno’s Paradox

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Christine Kelley

Christine Kelley writes about speculative fiction and radical politics from a queer revolutionary perspective. Currently her main project is Nowhere and Back Again, a psychogeography of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Her first project was the now semi-retired blog Dreams of Orgonon, a song-by-song study of Kate Bush. Support Christine on Patreon.


  1. JG McQuarrie
    January 25, 2019 @ 12:28 pm

    What an unexpected and delightful article! Always loved this song, and though it’s maybe her simplest album, The Kick Inside remains an absolute favourite of mine among her many, many great works. I’d like to tip a hat towards the sequencing on the album, because “Kite” sits between the dissonance of “Strange Phenomena” (a song about co-incidence and menstruation – an unusual combination it’s fair to say) and the more straightforwardly melodic and somewhat self-serious sounding “The Man With The Child In His Eyes”. In other words, “Kite” acts as a bridge between the more radically unusual style of the former and the more traditional construct of the latter, while containing both elements of radicalism and traditionalism within it – a really masterful way of guiding the listener along the path Bush is mapping out.


  2. Sleepyscholar
    January 26, 2019 @ 1:39 am

    Many thanks for the insights, and also for the link to that amazing German TV performance.

    Although I was a prog fan when this was released, and there did seem at the time like some sort of natural kinship (not least Gilmour’s role in her breakthrough), in later years I’ve struggled to identify her early work as prog. It seems to me more like ‘pop with complexity’. She never got hung up on any of prog’s more annoying tics.


  3. Sok
    January 30, 2019 @ 3:26 am

    Nothing insightful to add, just wanted to say that I had no idea I needed this feature in my life until I started reading it. Nicely done and I look forward to reading more.


  4. Przemek
    February 1, 2019 @ 11:53 am

    Interesting. I wouldn’t have suspected Kate Bush to be interested in prog rock. Thanks for this great essay, please keep up the good work!


  5. FB Downloader
    June 9, 2019 @ 4:56 am

    Your article is accurate and I benefit. I have read many articles, but I found a lot of
    ideas in this article.


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