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Updates on talks and publications. I also periodically write reviews of books and films, interview people I’m interested in talking to, or write short essays and commentaries about issues that capture my attention.

[Book Review] The Peregrine, by J.A. Baker

The Peregrine is the account of a man’s obsession with a bird. With only one other book to his name, J.A. Baker (1926 – 1986) is a somewhat mysterious figure. Recent investigation into his life revealed only that he lived near Chelmsford, in Essex. Although he worked for the local Automobile Association, he was unable to drive and rarely went further than his bicycle could take him. What is clear

[Film Review] The Salt of the Earth

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, The Salt of the Earth is an ode to Sebastião Salgado, the Brazilian photographer. In this moving documentary, Wim Wenders’ and Salgado’s son Juliano draw his portrait. The two filmmakers complement each other, intercutting Wenders’ inventively shot black and white interviews with Juliano’s color footage. Both achieve a form of intimacy, the first by creating a space for Salgado

[Essay] Google Glass and Human Nature

Introduction On the 27th of June 2012, Google held its first demonstration of Glass at their I/O Developers Conference. Presented as a groundbreaking product, paving the way for widespread ‘wearable’ computing, it provoked considerable excitement. However, concerns were quickly raised: on our dependence on such technologies, their impact on our bodies and minds as well as human interactions and social norms. As Google’s apparent lack of interest in discussing these