Sunday, January 25, 2009

New Humanist Issue 124 is now available

My photos accompany an article on Iran entitled ‘Before the Dawn’ by Nasrin Alavi in the current issue of New Humanist (issue 124 Jan/Feb 2009). Issue includes:

Editorial: Fine Lessons
Funny how atheists enjoying themselves can be so threatening to believers
Cover Stories
Power Struggle
For decades, it was the scourge of the environmental movement. But now, discovers Angela Saini, the greens are going nuclear
In the burning house
In 2005 Russian artist Anna Alchuk was publicly vilified and put on trial for her involvement in the Caution:Religion! exhibition. Three years later she drowned herself. Her husband, the philosopherMichail Ryklin, reads her diaries to find out why
Bad Faith Awards 2008
Following a tough campaign and a hard-fought election, we can finally announce last year's most scurrilous enemy of reason
Before the dawn
Thirty years after the revolution consumerism and political apathy dominate Iran. But a new generation may change that, says Nasrin Alavi
Days of atonement
Visiting Israel just weeks before the current Gaza conflict, Sally Feldman found that rising religious bigotry is one of the biggest barriers to peace 
Unsafe havens
The Government is planning tougher penalties for men who use trafficked prostitutes. But who is helping the women themselves? Rahila Gupta uncovers a distributing trend 
True disbelievers
Being faith-less is no excuse for rewriting history, says Theodore Dalrymple
Endgame: One track mind
Laurie Taylor hopes he’s not a running joke
Diary: Trump cards
Our religions game seemed to annoy everyone. Result! says Christina Martin 
Darwin's journey
For poet Ruth Padel the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great scientist is more than a historical milestone, it’s a family celebration 
Book Reviews
The Weight of a Mustard Seed by Wendell Steavenson
Nina Power considers complicity in Iraq 
Three-Letter Plaque by Johnny Steinberg
Andrew Mueller enjoys some journalism with a human touch 
The Strangest Man by Graham Farmelo
James Randerson encounters a strange legend of physics
Teenagers: A Natural History by David Bainbridge
Bill Thompson gets down with the kids 
Once on a Moonless Night by Dai Sijie
Philip Womack barely survives the tedium of a new Chinese novel
The Artist, the Philosopher and the Warrior by Paul Strathern
Brenda Maddox enjoys some Renaissance history
Check out it out here:

Thursday, January 01, 2009


Artist Jason Sweeney has made a 'silent film' of my flesh photos as part of his Faceless Music project. He is currently collating materials (recorded and/or written stories, sounds, noise, anecdotes, nightmares and confessionals about attempts at living a life online) and reworking them into an audio-museum project. The project is being assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council.

Check out Flesh Film here: