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As if by Magic, the Shopkeeper Appeared

Hearing the bell, the shopkeeper hid behind a rail of coats. A man in a dark suit came through the door and stood before the gun metal till. The merchant dropped to his knees and crawled behind the counter, unseen. He waited. There was much to look at in the old shop, many racks to peruse […]

The Fourth Kelamote

In the beginning, two or three doratones were more than enough. Then came devices with many doratones. Tens of doratones. Hundreds. Finally, we started seeing these things that could contain a thousand doratones. A thousand doratones. That’s what we call a kelamote. I must seem like a ghost to you. Why don’t we just pretend, […]

Food as Metaphor in Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Interpreter of Maladies”

“Interpreter of Maladies” is the title of a 1999 short story collection by Jhumpa Lahiri. Born in the US, but of Indian extraction, the collection explores issues of diaspora, culture ritual, otherness and difference. Her prose is spare and her narratives expose the drama in the every day. This text is from an oral presentation […]

Cloud Atlas – a transmedial movie

Cloud Atlas, the film of the unfilmable novel, has had a belated UK release. With an epic cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and High Grant, it’s ambitious and watchable and complex – but clearly nowhere near as complex as the source material. Both take six stories spread across time, from a Polynesian, […]

Time out of Joint Pt. 6: Conclusion and Mediography

A version of this essay was originally submitted in partial fulfilment of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester in 2009. Please note that if you quote or cite this work that it is  © Karl Hodge 2012. The correct form of referencing is: Karl Hodge. (2012). Time out of Joint Pt 6: Conclusion and […]