The Zone

Ben Sixsmith
Politics, culture and professional wrestling.
Created 08 Apr 2020
  • Remembering Ally
    11 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 11 3
    This week Dad sent me a picture, which I do not remember seeing before, of my late aunt Ally and I. Discerning readers might notice that it was taken a while ago. Ally died in 2016, unjustly young. A ...
  • "Let This News, Set In Your Shoes, Stand Up, Alright" Edition
    11 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    Aloha, Obligatory shilling. I wrote for The Critic about how British politics disfavours young people economically and culturally. I wrote for the Spectator World about civilisational instability and ...
  • Identity and Experimentation
    09 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 4
    Keir Starmer, the leader of the Labour Party, has distanced himself from Rosie Duffield, a Labour MP, for saying - and I hope you're sitting down for this - that only women have a cervix. It “shouldn'...
  • Krapp's Last Media File
    06 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 4
    Even an admirer of Samuel Beckett has to admit that his work could at times be indistinguishable from parody. Take Breath. There is rubbish on the stage. There is a faint cry. There is “an inspiration...
  • "I'm A Guy You Can’t Rescue, Oh Let Me Tell You I Have The News" Edition
    04 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Hello, Obligatory shilling. I wrote for the Spectator World about the tragic death of Gabby Petito and the strange interactive nature of true crime. I wrote for the Spectator about the “metaverse” - a...
  • The Islam Thing
    30 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 0
    When I asked for recommendations for themes, Jimmy suggested: …the West's dwindling interest in Islamism as the great foe, given your previous writing about New Atheism. I hope you will believe me whe...
  • A Tale of Two Żule
    30 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 2
    On Fridays I finish work at lunchtime. Last Friday, I had planned to go and see a friend of mine once I was free but I had to pop home to walk the dog before I went. The weekend had begun. The air was...
  • "You Will Wind Up Wearing Tattered Shoes If You Mess With Mr News" Edition
    27 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 4 0
    Hello, Obligatory shilling. I wrote a short post for UnHerd about old age protestors. For my paying subscribers, I gave some - hopefully modest - writing advice. I also wrote for my paying subscribers...
  • Are We Doomed?
    23 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    You would not think that Bath, with its creamy Georgian stone, would be a source of existential pessimism but according to research conducted at the University of Bath, 56% of young people across ten ...
  • Ben's Writing Advice
    22 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 10
    The best advice that any of my lecturers at university gave me was to leave. The lecturer – Ferdinand Dennis, a British author who had been born in Jamaica and written a well-regarded novel, Duppy Con...
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