Apart from journeys by ship and cycling as far and as often as I can, I write all sorts of stuff, as you will see from the list of publications. There are books and articles on socialism, biblical studies, politics, theology, philosophy and so on. But there are also travel stories, reflections on beer, commentary on current events concerning religion and politics, and odd bits of creative writing. Plus you will find material in various languages, like Chinese, Danish, German, Bulgarian, Serbian, Italian, Korean, Russian and Turkish. Or at least the travel stories used to be here, for now I have begun to publish some of them at Voyages on the Left.
You will not find information about my interests anywhere else, so this site is my webpage, warts and all.
I like speaking my mind, being misinterpreted, and scaring the shit out of good, upright and conservative citizens. But I am also a bit of a hermit, enjoy sleep, the company of those close to me, cycling, ships (or did I say that), trains, collecting old wood and making furniture, or pieces of ancient bicycle and constructing new ones from them.
For those not aware of what my writing is like, here are some of my favourite glowing assessments:
- self-serving and icky
- all style and no substance
- anticipated with fear and trembling
- purveyor of pornography
- mystifying and dismaying
- yellow journalism
- the sentiment the author expresses here is the oddest I have ever read in a scholarly work
- Stalinist and apologist for the strong-arm tactics of the Maoists and the PRC
- Gelernt haben ich nichts
- agent of provocation
But why ‘Stalin’s Moustache’? Do I want to rehabilitate Stalin, who was more ambiguous than the popular conception would have it? Perhaps. But like Lenin’s jutting chin of history, I suspect that one of Stalin’s greatest achievements was that amazing moustache.
As Tito (from Yugoslavia) once said: ‘Stalin is known the world over for his moustache’.