Matt Carr’s Infernal Machine

Matt Carr
Independent Critical Commentary for Difficult Times
Created 02 Sep 2021
  • Death in the Channel
    27 Nov 2021 • 7 min read
    The horrific drowning of 27 men, women and children in the Channel last week is not the first time migrants have died trying to cross the UK’s borders. In terms of lives lost, this latest tragedy is e...
  • And Ye Shall Bathe in Borax
    15 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    Until last week I hadn’t heard of Carrie Madej or the ‘vaccine detox’ phenomenon. I knew about antivaxxers and critics of the ‘scamdemic’, because it’s difficult not to know about them. Nowadays you f...
  • Sleazy On Me
    04 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    William Burroughs once attributed the title of his hallucinatory smack-adled novel The Naked Lunch to Jack Kerouac. According to Burroughs, a naked lunch was ‘a frozen moment when everyone sees what i...
  • The Battle for the National Trust
    02 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    Anyone who has kept more than half an eye on the UK’s headlong descent into a reactionary backwater over the last six years will be aware that history is, politically speaking, not what it used to be....
  • Island of the Damned
    24 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Students of sixties cinema may remember the 1960 cult classic Village of the Damned, in which the entire population of the village of Midwich suddenly falls unconscious. When they come to, it turns ou...
  • The Sorrows of Malta (3) 'One Woman With a Blog'
    16 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Today marks exactly four years since the Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered in a car bomb outside her home in Bidnija. In her last blogpost, written the day before sh...
  • The Sorrows of Malta (2): Sleaze Island
    10 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Visitors who catch the ferry from the Cospicua dockyard to Valletta will immediately the modernised warehouse building overlooking the rows of yachts and boats moored off Grand Harbour, with its elega...
  • The Sorrows of Malta (1): The Land
    06 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 2
    I’ve always had a certain fascination for small countries and micro states. I’m curious about how such states came to exist, how they resisted absorption into larger national entities, and how they po...
  • The Killing of Sarah Everard
    02 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 0 2
    Like many people I have been haunted by the disgusting murder of Sarah Everard ever since the news of her kidnapping was announced in March. At times during the day and even in the middle of night, I ...
  • Looking Back on the 9/11 Decades (7)
    27 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Following last week’s newsletter on the case of Marine A, here is another piece from 2013 on a subject that I often returned to during the 9/11 Decades: the generally unacknowledged human cost of war ...
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