Meridian Strip

Gary Raymond
Musings on the craft of storytelling from a variation of surprising angles.
Created 07 Aug 2021
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  • Victory for The Crown
    24 Sep 2021 • 10 min read
    There is no ambivalence in my attitude toward The Crown. When it comes to the monarchy, I am an abolitionist, and when it comes to the prurient speculative voyeurism of Lifetime-style daytime biopics,...
  • Notes on the Perfection of Blade Runner
    20 Sep 2021 • 9 min read
    It’s true that perfection has many definitions. And if you view something as perfect then how can it have faults? Or are faults contributing factors to the awe of the perfect? Can an effect be said to...
  • The Beatles or the Stones?
    04 Sep 2021 • 10 min read
    When Charlie Watts died, we lost the best of the Rolling Stones. I thought he was the best of them decades ago, and the gushing appraisals that have come out after the news of his death have done noth...
  • A Fight for the Right to Debate
    28 Aug 2021 • 12 min read
    Alan Bates killing people with his voice in the 1978 horror movie, The Shout. This week is a slight sidestep from the usual topic of this newsletter (looking at different aspects of storytelling), to ...
  • Love Island or Samuel Beckett
    23 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    Chloe and Toby from Love Island 2021 I’ve decided, finally, there’s nothing to be gained from trying to figure out why I’ve been watching Love Island this year. It’s my first time, and I came at it ab...
  • Thank You For Being A Friend
    21 Aug 2021 • 9 min read
    There was a brief period in my childhood (I’d say of around 35 minutes) where I knew the words to the Welsh national anthem. It was taught in my primary school, the aim being to imbue a bunch of toddl...
  • Life Lessons of Ian Rush
    14 Aug 2021 • 10 min read
    The football season is upon us in the UK, which is a relief, because we haven’t had any football since the European Championships ended just before the Olympics, which themselves ended last week. To m...
  • Meridian Strip: Volume 1 Part 1
    07 Aug 2021 • 1 min read
    Welcome to the Meridian Strip by me, Gary Raymond. It’s going to be a weekly(ish) newsletter that will shoot directly to your inbox either as a long form essay, a not all that short essay, or a collec...
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