The Abbey of Misrule

Paul Kingsnorth
Do not be conformed to this world
Created 31 Dec 2020
  • The Vaccine Moment, part one
    24 Nov 2021 • 16 min read • 128 254
    This is the first installment of a two-part essay on the virus and the Machine. Part two follows next week, after which normal service will be resumed. Perhaps it’s because I’m English, or perhaps it’...
  • Intermission: From The Library
    10 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 72 55
    If you are anything like me, you can sense on the breeze that things are accelerating out there. ‘Events, my dear boy, events’, as the last old-school British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, once pu...
  • Exodus
    04 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 163 188
    Twenty-five years ago, I found myself sitting around a fire in an Indonesian rainforest. As you start to get old, you find that you can begin essays with sentences like this and it doesn't seem incong...
  • Intermission: The Machine Stops?
    28 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 93 124
    “The Machine,” they exclaimed, “feeds us and clothes us and houses us; through it we speak to one another, through it we see one another, in it we have our being. The Machine is the friend of ideas an...
  • End of Part One
    19 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 94 45
    I was standing by the lough tonight, under a moon that was almost full. The darkness was young in the sky; jet blue behind me, but on the horizon ahead, beyond the far shore, still a fading cyan. Ther...
  • You Are Harvest
    16 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 102 109
    By candlelight, Mark moves a chesspiece across the board. He is about to beat me again, as he does most weeks. We used to play chess weekly in the local pub, but covid put an end to that. The pub, lik...
  • Come the Black Ships
    01 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 116 179
    The 8th of July 1853 must have begun as a normal day in the Japanese capital, Edo. The pattern of those normal days had been set for two and a half centuries in a carefully-managed routine. Japan unde...
  • Want is the Acid
    15 Sep 2021 • 17 min read • 99 152
    The best thing I ever bought was my VW camper van. It came into my life soon after my first child, and the two have grown older together. Neither of our children would allow us to sell our old van now...
  • The Great Wen
    01 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 117 95
    What interests you about the year 1850, if anything does, will depend upon the perspective from your little corner of the planet. As with all of human history, the things we remember today are entirel...
  • Do What Thou Wilt
    05 Aug 2021 • 15 min read • 163 255
    I’ve been having a tough time this week. I know I’m not the only one: since the pandemic began, having a tough time has become the norm for many of us. I know people who have suffered badly - psycholo...
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