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Through a Network Darkly: Paulius Petraitis’s A man with dark hair and a sunset in the background

In Phillip K. Dick’s novel, A Scanner Darkly, the characters live in a world pervaded by audio-visual surveillance. Constantly under scrutiny from ‘scanners’ covertly operated by law enforcement agencies seeking the suppliers of a dangerous drug, the protagonist’s reality is complicated by his role as an undercover narcotics agent, and yet more so by his […]

Mårten Lange – Ghost Witness

In 1651 the philosopher Thomas Hobbes memorably argued that without political community the life of man would be ‘poor, nasty, brutish, and short’. However, in truth, even long after Hobbes’s time the experience of most ordinary people remained characterised by disease, crime, poverty, and conflict. Until very recently the possibility of utopia came not in […]