The Zone

Ben Sixsmith
Politics, culture and professional wrestling.
Created 08 Apr 2020
  • The Border Situation
    10 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    Europeans are very used to migration crises around Italy and Greece, to the point of just ignoring them, but a migration crisis in Central and Eastern Europe is abnormal, and illustrates the scale of ...
  • How Professional Wrestling Can Change Your Life (II)
    10 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    The wrestling business has often been compared to the mafia. No, not just because it has been dominated by a family of cold-blooded megalomaniacs. It is an extremely insular community, which does not ...
  • In Praise of Editors
    09 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 4 0
    I was very sad to hear of the death of Gerald Russello, editor of The University Bookman at the Russell Kirk Center. I only knew Gerald in a professional sense - and for a tribute to him as a man you ...
  • "My Mum's Book" Edition
    08 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    Hello, Unusual shilling. If you don’t follow me on Twitter you might have missed that I have edited and published a little book of my late mother’s poems and prose. When Mum died in January, lots of h...
  • How Professional Wrestling Can Change Your Life (I)
    07 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Professional wrestling is absurd. It is completely absurd. It is so absurd that if you try to explain exactly what it is, you give up out of embarrassment before finishing the sentence. Professional w...
  • "The Substack Is A Little Old Place Where We Can Get Together, Substack Baby" Edition
    01 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 5 0
    Hello, Obligatory shilling. I had the dubious pleasure of reviewing Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny's new novel State of Terror for the Spectator World. I had the unqualified pleasure of appearing on...
  • The Ballad of Johnny Borrell
    26 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 4
    My forthcoming book, Noughties, is a collection of short stories largely based around people who were passingly famous sometime between 2000 and 2010 and then melted into obscurity. One of the phenome...
  • "Back in Black, I Hit the 'Stack, It's Been Too Long I'm Glad to be Back" Edition
    25 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    Hello, Obligatory shilling. I wrote for The Critic about the murder of David Amess MP and the bizarre, self-sustaining nature of media narratives. I wrote for my paying subscribers about the pandemic ...
  • Another Asshole's Opinions On the Pandemic
    21 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    At THE ZONE I generally try to write about things that aren't in the news - not because I’m too damn cool to write about newsworthy subjects but because there is a lot of writing about them already. A...
  • "The Enigmatically Untitled" Edition
    18 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Hello, Obligatory shilling. I wrote for The Spectator about the faith of Tyson Fury. I reviewed Dave Chappelle's latest special for The Spectator World. It was good, but not very good. Obviously, call...
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