music reviews [USA; Peter Ulrich etc]

new ebook just released

On the Origin of Spectres: The Burden of Proof for Psychical Research (available from Kindle/Amazon) The general subject of psychic phenomena, and specific possibility of the survival of death, has endured since the 4th century BC when Socrates conversed with what he called his Daimon. The Bible, like all of the world’s major Scriptures, discusses […]

music reviews

Some of my contemporary music reviews appear on these recommended web-sites under my full name or Barbranski: (January 2014) etc.

                        SCHULZ, NOSTALGIA AND POLISH CULTURE TODAY The territory of East Germany has had an economically difficult time since the end of the Soviet era. In cultural terms it nationally realigned some classic literary icons from the severed region, but also coined a new word ostalgia, east-nostalgia, a more contented ‘innocent’ time before annexation stripped […]

the best schulz on the net is the best Schulz site on the web. It does what it says it will do: provide English speakers with the closest English translations not only of his stories but also material unavailable anywhere else. There is also a fascinating interview with John Curran Davis at the weird fiction portal. I fully agree with him […]

the greatest songwriter in the uk

The work of John Fiddler and his various bands, starting with the seminal Medicine Head in 1969 on John Peel’s Dandelion Records, has been close to my heart from the outset of this pilgrimage. John’s songwriting is very distinctive, always original but where the sources are never lost. It always touches the heart and soul and pulse […]

A European from Drohobycz: New Discoveries in the Life of Bruno Schulz

Historians today consistently accept that Polish literary modernism had its first and richest harvest during the 1930s with Witkacy, Witold Gombrowicz, and Bruno Schulz. This, however, was never an aligned group. Gombrowicz and Witkacy disliked each other when Schulz introduced them in Warsaw, but with their mutual friend they shared one common strategy: recognition in […]