The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
SWEARING is vital to health and well-being. Exclaiming: "Oh, drat!" when you stub your toe just won't help deal with the pain and some people are simply too despicable to describe as a "rotter" - although Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols did use this word to great effect.
THIS purports to be a detailed analysis of liberal democracy with focus on the option of anarchism as an ethical practice and a remotivating means of political organisation.
DAN GLAZEBROOK reads Joe Bageant's proposition that the exploited working poor of the US heartlands are much more progressive than they're given credit for.
DANIEL COYSH admires sci-fi master Ken McLeod's prediction of a dystopian future.
SOME do it behind locked doors into water-borne sewage systems, others do it behind bushes or alongside roads and railway tracks, depending on which part of the world they live in.
IN the 1980s, US admen started to sell politicians to electorates with techniques long used to sell soaps to consumers.
WHEN David McKie worked at the Guardian, he was offered an edition of John Bartholomew's Gazetteer Of The British Isles, a book dedicated to listing every place in these islands "worthy of consideration." First produced in 1883, it proved the inspiration for this book.
DANIEL COYSH investigates the latest comic yarn from the pen of 'tartan noir' maestro Christopher Brookmyre.
JOHN Berger published his first novel A Painter of Our Time half a century ago. Since then, he has become one of the most prominent public intellectuals in Britain, working as a novelist, art critic, essayist, screenwriter, dramatist and painter.