A desire for some 1990s nostalgia drew me to this collection of short stories. The most striking thing is how little has actually changed. Of course there are superficial changes, but the essentials are still with us. People continue to want to get as intoxicated now as then, for example. This is a fairly decent collection of short stories that have aged well. Highlights include: • Sangria, where the arrival of a hypnotist to a Mediterranean island disrupts the night-clubbing status quo. • Heart of the Bass, as four ravers from Edinburgh arrive at a party in Loch Fyne. • Mile High Meltdown, be thankful the story is fiction the next time you travel by plane. • The Sparrow, a poem on gang land. A further discussion on the themes from Disco Biscuits is to follow. In the meantime, this book gets 3/5.
Ideas are important, but this column will argue public policy has to be realistic, especially in foreign policy, in order to be effective. After all, the IR theory of Realism explains more about how the world is, than any other theory, doesn't it?
And keep your eyes open, you may even spot the odd book review.
The author has worked in various industries, including a year's national service for a public body that is heavily into it's audit, and still has not been invited on to a current affairs broadcast to pontificate on the issues of the day. LBR can only conclude that he is therefore an intellect of no importance.
The picture in the header title is the bottom part of the Adam Smith statue in Edinburgh.
Hedley Bull "...the lessons of the realists have to be learnt afresh by every new generation."
Hunter S. Thompson "The only thing I ever saw that came close to objective journalism was a closed circuit TV..."