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Kaiser Soze

At the core of the mob attack on me is a fact so glaring it proves their malice and dishonesty: their characterization of me and my ethos is blatantly skewed. The mob wants a scalp - they want to have bagged the Poetry Spacey.But it isn't me, babe, it's not me you're looking for, to paraphrase a Nobel prize winning poet. The reason the mob attacks are so disparate and frenzied is because they started with the desire to accuse me before they had the crime.I have heard the Oxford letter campaign against me is interviewing everyone who I ever taught or worked with, in a desperate attempt to, FBI-like, find a forensic hidden pattern. You'd think they would have done their homework before they decided to ruin my life with exaggerated and defamatory lies. Those who have known me for many years know that my commitment to helping poets, and poetry, has been a constant in my life for the past 35 years.
The entire basis of this current attack is to propose a counter-narrative: 1. t…

THE MOB

STATEMENT FROM AN OBSERVER


It has become clear that an online mobbing has emerged to cyber-bully the Canadian-born poet Todd Swift.

The first response is to ask, why, what has he done?

But that is victim-blaming.

The fact is, mobbing is a widely-studied social phenomenon, and, according to experts, occurs most often in academic and artistic environments – its target is often an outsider, the foreigner.

As a target is identified, to be picked on, there is a natural instinct, exacerbated and encouraged online, to join the group that is dominant.

It is terrifying, but accurate to say, it is now fashionable to speak negatively of Todd Swift.

Of course, the justification is that he deserves this treatment, because he is a bully.

But even the most basic of reflective pauses would suggest daily bullying from a mob is hardly the best or most ethical way to respond to alleged bullying.

However, often, the bullied victim is blameless, innocent, or not-as-guilty-as charged. That’s not why they are mobbed…

PARLIAMENT OF FOULS

Yesterday's parliamentary vote made British history - the government's Brexit deal lost the support of a vast majority of the House of Commons, losing by 230. To put this in perspective, this is the BIGGEST LOSS EVER for any government in UK's history. To make matters worse, the Prime Minister Mrs May, refused to resign afterwards, and seems incapable of adjusting her bearings sufficiently to locate a compromise Plan B that could pass, before a No Deal Ultra-Hard Brexit occurs on 29 March - the so-called Cliff Edge.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House, Mr Bercow, seems driven to enter history as the man who undermined executive authority in the parliament, moving the control of the order of business from the Cabinet to the back benches; such a transition would represent a revolution no less significant than Cromwell's time, in terms of the sudden shift of power in the land. Making this turbulent, exciting, and deeply worrying crisis in British democracy all the more fra…

THE SWIFT REPORT 2018

2018 is likely to be considered a year that many people would soon like to forget. It had its fair share of war, murder, famine, refugees being mistreated or ignored, stupid polluting, cruelty and political ineptitude. Historically, the Western powers, especially the United Kingdom and the United States, have not been this weak since the 1930s, or in as much disarray.

2018 saw many notable and world-changing deaths and many not noted, not least the deaths of those lost at sea, or killed while reporting (every death is the end of the world, as Derrida once said) - mention here is due, at least, to those figures who touched my life in some small way (usually only with their works or words): Morgan Tsvangirai, Aretha Franklin and Stan Lee, William Goldman, Pete Shelley and Philip Roth, Margot Kidder and R Lee Ermey, Sir Roger Bannister and Stephen Hawking, Jenny Joseph and Reg E Cathey, Emma Chambers and Billy Graham, Johann Johannsson (whose Sicario score is an ominous masterwork) and D…

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND IS THE BEST ORSON WELLES FILM, FINALLY

REVIEW BY TODD SWIFT

Orson Welles was a magician - not a necromancer - but the joke about resurrecting the dead is in every frame of the Netflix released THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, his best movie, yet. Welles, foremost an artist and a charlatan (he was obsessed with tricks, fakery and illusion throughout his visionary work for stage, radio, and the screen), would have known that nothing is as haunting as the posthumous work. Only the truly great get to come back from the grave.

Of course, Welles famously crafted his late-period film-as-process oeuvre and praxis from his inability to get financial backing, and the way his final forays were often left unfinished; after a while, his unmade movies took on more weight and anticipated value than the ones he had completed. Yet even here, the story is faked. Welles always (except in KANE, usually considered his masterpiece) left his work unfinished, more or less - often intentionally, or accidentally. His signature style was abandonment; like …

OUR AUTUMN 2018 LAUNCH IS COMING THIS WEDNESDAY

Eyewear likes to celebrate its seasonal book launches at the London Review Bookshop in Bloomsbury, London - one of the legendary and best bookshops in the UK. If you wish to attend our October 24th event, at 7pm - 9pm  please rsvp to: info at eyewearpublishing dot com - admission is free, all welcome, and we offer free wine or water. This book signing/ drinks reception, with brief readings, will feature the following authors:Gary Lachman (Occult expert, writer and Rock n Roll Hall of famer) and Colin Stanley (Wilson expert, novelist and poet) - who wrote the introductory essay for, and annotated the edition of, respectively, the acclaimed Colin Wilson reprint,