The Elephant’s Journey

The Elephant’s Journey

This commanding officer is not like other officers, in that he is as concerned about his men, soldiers and non-soldiers alike, as if they were his children. More than that, he is little concerned with hierarchy, at least in the current circumstances, so much so that...
Such A Pretty Little Picture

Such A Pretty Little Picture

Adelaide Wheelock’s friends – and she had many of them – said of her that there was no nonsense about her. They and she regarded it as a compliment. Sister, the Wheelocks’ five-year-old daughter, played quietly in the gravel path that divided...
Stoner

Stoner

Masters, holding aloft a hard-boiled egg from the free lunch as if it were a crystal ball, said, “Have you gentlemen ever considered the question of the true nature of the University? Mr. Stoner? Mr. Finch?” Smiling, they shook their heads. “I’ll bet you haven’t....
To A Mountain In Tibet

To A Mountain In Tibet

A steep road takes our Land Cruisers north. Behind us the Great Himalaya cover the skyline, while ahead opens an orange and sulphur-coloured wilderness where the Karnali withers away. The 25,000-foot massif of Gurla Mandhata, detached from the Himalaya in its own...
Best album of 2015 (already!)

Best album of 2015 (already!)

Pre-emptive, yes. But, the new Jim O’Rourke album Simple Songs may already have claimed the title of best album of 2015. Reptar, Father John Misty, J Fernandez, Kamasi Washington, Sir Richard Bishop, Surfer Blood, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, This Is The Kit,...
The Elephant’s Journey

The Elephant’s Journey

He dispatched the aide-de-camp to take his orders to the head of the convoy, orders that could be summarized in three almost synonymous words, speed, alacrity, haste, allowing, of course, for the delaying effects of the snow that had begun to fall more thickly now,...