Notes From the Margins…
Posts by Matt

Troll Nation

  • September 01, 2016
  • by

Anyone who has published, tweeted or posted  anything on the Internet will be aware that the worldwide web can be a dank and hateful environment in which all kinds of wild and extremely poisonous creatures flourish.  Whether it’s the anonymity provided by an avatar, or simply the fact that the Internet provides a tool...

Burkini Madness

  • August 25, 2016
  • by

Anyone who has travelled in France this summer will have found it difficult to ignore the   the ongoing state of emergency with which the French state has responded to Daesh’s savage provocations.     In Banyuls-sur-Mer, we found the main road by the beach guarded by armed soldiers, presumably mindful of a repeat...

Oscar Martinez: A History of Violence

  • July 28, 2016
  • by

Many years ago, in 1993 I visited the bombed out ruins of the town of Aguacayo,   the former ‘capital’ of the FMLN-held liberated zone in Guazapa Province during much of   El Salvador’s 12-year civil war.   It was just only one year after the guerrillas had disarmed in   the town   as...

The Atrocity Factory

  • July 27, 2016
  • by

At first sight, keep calm and carry on might seem like a rather banal piece of advice, faced with the seemingly endless and unstoppable conveyor belt of atrocities that is unfolding before us on a weekly and almost daily basis..  In  Baghdad, Kabul and Istanbul, in Florida, Nice and Germany,  the most toxic...

Boris Johnson’s Big Day Out

  • July 23, 2016
  • by

Politically speaking, schadenfreude tends to be a consolatory emotion, whose pleasures are generally ephemeral and often sharpened by defeat.   Even so the humiliation of Boris John last week was worth the price of admission.      I’m referring, of course, to the car crash press conference in which Johnson appeared alongside...

Nice and the Spectacle of Terror

  • July 16, 2016
  • by

Yesterday evening I was driving to play a game of tennis and listening to the radio, when I heard the sounds of of screaming people being mown down  by a truck  in Nice.  I immediately turned it off.  This isn’t because I think I have some privileged right to ignore the escalating procession...

About Me

I’m a writer, campaigner and journalist.  My latest book is The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination (New Press/Hurst, 2018).  The Infernal Machine is where I write on politics, history, cinema and other things that interest me.

More Posts



Rapey Jokey Time


Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Events

  • No events
Sharing Buttons by Linksku