Stereotype vs. China Miéville - looks can be deceiving indeed.
And yet CM is an academic, and when he writes a passionate, angry, taking-no-middle-ground political photo-essay about the impact of recent economic and political decisions and trends on London and on the country as a whole, I am not only willing to pay attention but also fee
This call to arms has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.
Content Warning: If the idea of a civilization being strangled by sado-monetarism causes you to froth at the mouth, you need to read this book.
An extraordinarily powerful little essay, especially for a resident of the grey and dreary city of London (already so grey and dreary even without the outrageous scenes described by Miéville).
There are many things I would not see eye to eye with this a ...more
We’re approaching Victorian levels of inequality, and London’s more unequal than anywhere else in the country. Here, the richest 10 percent hold two thirds of all wealth, the poorest half, one 20th. A fifth of working residents in the London boroughs of Brent, Newham, Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham earn less than a livin ...more
There's also some very interesting commentary ...more
Necessary reading for any city dweller, and anyone who followed the unravelling of the global economy during the GFC, the Occupy movement, and the London riots.