Mugwump Jism is a new feature on The Centre Cannot Hold: it’s a combination of reviews and rants, all aimed towards a particular way of looking at things.
A world view that prizes the weird, the fantastic, the bizarre and the strange. A prism for looking at a more interesting world than this one, a world full where sanity is merely an option, a world where buildings are made from steel and alien-spit, wood and ionized diethylamide. A world full of people who each contain worlds, telling their stories. This world, with all its hopes, dreams, promises and urban renewal, and those worlds that lie beside it, inside it and around it. This world, and the insect-like things that burrow beneath its surface, the bat-like things that inhabit the darkness between planets and the human-like things that live upon it and don’t realise how inhuman they are.
I can’t promise that any of the irregularly occurring installments of Mugwump Jism will hit you like a good heart shot of mezcal, but that’s definitely the aim here.
Expect to find utopias and dystopias, equally deconstructed; to find the new weird and the old; to read or watch fictions, scientific, fantastic or horrific, or all three, concurrently or consecutively.
Starting tomorrow, I’ll see you there.