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Jack Graham

Jack Graham writes and podcasts about culture and politics from a Gothic Marxist-Humanist perspective. He co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper. Support Jack on Patreon.


  1. Gavin Burrows
    May 4, 2015 @ 9:22 am

    Top post, Jack!

    As well as holiday resorts, I have sometimes toyed with the notion that the Village in 'The Prisoner' could be related to the post-war garden suburbs of the New Towns movement. The inevitable slide from the socialist utopianism of New Lanark to the well-policed avenues of Milton Keynes. (Fun fact! Milton Keynes was designated a New Town in the same year 'The Prisoner' was first broadcast, 1967.) You think there could be something in that?


  2. Jack Graham
    May 4, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    Definitely. Another connection between the right and the ostensible left is the top-down utopianism of modernist architecture (and, by extention, town planning). The cognitive dissonance generated by post-war British society is wonderfully illustrated by how quickly the hopeful housing estates and tower blocks came to be (and/or to be seen as) sinkholes of deprivation.


  3. Kit Power
    May 5, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    "(A powerful psychological substrata in Orwell's work is a feeling of irresistible attraction to things that horrify.)" – The notion of Orwell as horror writer has just blown my mind, in the best possible way. I feel a blog series coming on… Thank you.


  4. Gavin Burrows
    May 5, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

    Oh yeah, great new strap line too!


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