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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. John
    March 22, 2019 @ 1:19 pm

    Could Kate have heard the mantra from watching ‘Planet of the Spiders’? I first heard it then, used to repeat it and had no idea what it meant.


    • Sleepyscholar
      March 23, 2019 @ 3:11 am

      Since she went on to write Kinda*, this is highly likely.

      Or maybe not.

      It’s interesting that there is overlap between Kate and Who fans, and we can probably think of reasons why this should be, but to extrapolate from that the idea that Kate herself was into Doctor Who is probably a step too far. Anyone have any evidence that she was?

      *(She didn’t)


    • Sean Case
      March 25, 2019 @ 3:21 am

      These aren’t the only two places that mantra turned up in the Seventies. I think it was just in the air.


  2. Christine
    March 23, 2019 @ 9:25 pm

    Kate called Paul Cornell to tell him how much she liked Human Nature.


    • Sleepyscholar
      March 25, 2019 @ 5:39 am


      That’s a fascinating snippet (though it doesn’t seem to me to make it any more likely that she was an avid watcher of Pertwee when she was 16). Are you aware of any more connections?


      • Christine
        March 27, 2019 @ 10:32 pm

        I believe she watched Doctor Who as a kid. She’s mentioned the Tardis in an interview.


  3. Przemek
    March 25, 2019 @ 2:28 pm

    Very interesting. Thank you for this essay.

    I’ve always found the idea of synchronicity equally fascinating and annoying. Looking for meaning in meaningless coincidences just rubs me the wrong way. It’s just reading the world as if it were a narrative which can lead to all sorts of unpleasant results.


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