Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 3 – The Sepulchral Persephone

When we left off, Tess was done struggling away at the turnip patch, had shacked up with Alec Stoke-d’Urberville, Angel was, as far as we know, still in Brazil and that’s where we left it. Part 3 begins with the inevitable return of Angel Clare – now a much changed man. But lets stop andContinue reading “Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 3 – The Sepulchral Persephone”

Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 2 – The Wessex Artemis

CONTENT WARNING: Contains discussion on sexual violence, sexual assault, infant mortality and cruelty to animals. When we left our Tess she had returned home from the serpentine clutches of Alec ‘the twat’ Stoke-d’Urberville, basically had her rape dismissed by everybody as her own fault, had a baby, had it die, undergone a process approaching deification,Continue reading “Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 2 – The Wessex Artemis”

We Need to Talk About Love

Probably an article more suited to release a few weeks ago, around Valentine’s Day and all. I am writing this because I am currently doing an analysis of “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” and I have realised that despite the fact that it is supposedly a romantic tale, despite the fact that it is supposedly aboutContinue reading “We Need to Talk About Love”

Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 1 – The Virgin Eve

CONTENT WARNING: Contains discussions of sexualisation of children, rape, sexual assualt and infant mortality. The first theme presented to us is one of the most important to the whole novel. A simple, humble, some could argue lazy, countryside peddler, John Durbeyfield, is lounging about minding his own when the local Parson informs him he actuallyContinue reading “Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 1 – The Virgin Eve”

Celestial Classics: Ceres

Ceres is, like Vesta, a hunk-of-stuff in the asteroid belt that generally falls into the dwarf-planet/minor-planet category. I think, more than Vesta, Ceres is planetised due to its closer orbit to the sun and is the largest object in the main asteroid belt. Indeed it is often considered a proto-planet, essentially a planetary embryo, givingContinue reading “Celestial Classics: Ceres”

Celestial Classics: Vesta

Vesta. No, not what every self-respecting beige-suit wearer from the 70s passed for exotic food, and not a box of matches. Vesta is an asteroid in the asteroid belt (that bit of rocky stuff mainly between Jupiter and Mars’ orbits), the second largest after Ceres, who we will almost certainly talk about later. It isContinue reading “Celestial Classics: Vesta”

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – An Introduction

CONTENT WARNING: Contains discussions about sexual assault, rape and infant mortality. I am still finding trouble processing my thoughts on Tess, but let me begin with a brief summary of the plot of the book the full title of which was once “Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented” which…we’ll likely discuss atContinue reading “Tess of the d’Urbervilles – An Introduction”

Celestial Classics: Introduction

After considering writing an article about ancient astronomy, my cursory research turned up something quite amazing. You won’t believe this, but despite the fact that they didn’t have organised scientific bodies, specific, focussed research grants or even basic telescopy, ancient astronomy was bollocks. In fact just about the only advantage they have over us theseContinue reading “Celestial Classics: Introduction”