Brain Reel

Gemma Milne
I'm a science and technology writer and researcher, obsessed with working out how the world works, and this is my newsletter of whirling thoughts on science, tech, writing, books, and other wonderful things I find on the internet.
Created 17 Jul 2019
  • The End of the Mysterious Dead
    22 Jun 2020 • 6 min read
    Last night I dreamt of my Papa. I was in some kind of alternative universe where I could log into his Instagram account and scroll through the archive of his stories. And I watched his life play out; ...
  • Shocking Myself
    04 Jun 2020 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Like many people this week, I’ve bought a load of books. There have been countless lists and threads and tagged posts, and the bookshops have run out of so many of the most cited titles. But a few day...
  • Why I'm Reading Marx
    28 May 2020 • 8 min read • 1 0
    When my partner declared a few weeks ago that he’d just ordered a copy of Marx’s Capital (vol 1), my immediate response was something along the lines of: Really? It’s a bit long. Can’t you read a summ...
  • Do Yer Duty
    24 May 2020 • 6 min read
    Hey pals, It’s been a hot minute since we last spoke! Turns out launching a book in lockdown is no less time-consuming than doing it in ‘the real world’… But Smoke & Mirrors is out now, and it feels r...
  • Brain Reel #28
    28 Mar 2020 • 6 min read
    Hey gang, What a strange world we’re living in right now, eh? I’ve been struggling to write over the last few weeks, for various reasons beyond, you know, the global pandemic, but I’ve been missing wr...
  • Brain Reel #27
    09 Mar 2020 • 6 min read • 2 2
    Hey you lot, Long time no speak! It’s been a bit of a mad 2020 for me so far – a mixture of being pretty bed-bound with flu then a chest infection then tonsillitis (clearly I need more spinach in my l...
  • Brain Reel #26
    16 Jan 2020 • 4 min read
    Hey you lot, I’m writing this from my bed, at 3pm on a Thursday, on day 14 of this stupid January lurgy that everyone seems to have. But I just read this incredibly moving, angering, beautiful, tragic...
  • Brain Reel #25
    07 Jan 2020 • 7 min read
    Happy New Year pals! Normally by this point in January, I’m all set with my goals and to-dos and monthly plans and so on, but I’m still feeling very untethered. Not in a lost way, mind you, just a sor...
  • Brain Reel #24
    15 Dec 2019 • 7 min read • 2 0
    Hey you lot, How’s everyone’s December going? This weekend I’ve been at my boyfriend’s dad’s place for the first of 3 family Christmas’ and it’s been lovely. I was given books and gin and honestly wha...
  • Brain Reel #23
    10 Nov 2019 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Hey you lot, I’m writing this from a hotel overlooking Lake Windemere. I’ve been here with Lawrence since Thursday, I’ve read 3 books in 3 days, I’m feeling good. I hope you guys are having a glorious...
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