USyd Fellowship Reading List

USyd Fellowship Reading List

As a follow-up to my last post, one of the things I really wanted to do with my USyd fellowship time was to read more. I asked my friends and colleagues to recommend to me a philosophy text (broadly defined) that was influential to them or that changed the way they...

Life as a University of Sydney Fellow

Life as a University of Sydney Fellow

There is no occupation so sweet as scholarship; scholarship is the means of making known to us, while still in this world, the infinity of matter, the immense grandeur of nature, the heavens, the lands and the seas. Scholarship has taught us piety, moderation,...

Bundian Way Project

Bundian Way Project

I recently participated in a two-day exhibition at the National Art School in Sydney. The exhibition was built around a long weekend spent walking part of the Bundian Way Aboriginal Trail, a 365km track which follows an ancient Aboriginal route from Mt Kosciuszko to...

Secret Tunnels

Secret Tunnels

Earlier this year I was invited to write the foreword to Antony Clayton's new book Secret Tunnels of England: Folklore and Fact. The invitation came from a talk we gave together in the Salon for the City series, which I'd highly recommend attending if you...

More Immigration Horror Stories

More Immigration Horror Stories

Since publishing my piece yesterday at The Conversation about the Conservatives’ war on foreign intellectuals in Britain, I have been flooded with phone calls and emails from people with their own stories of dealing with the constantly shifting goalposts set out by...

Labyrinth Review

Labyrinth Review

In the new issue of the Times Literary Supplement (20th March 2015), I have reviewed Mark Wallinger's new book Labyrinth: A Journey Through London's Underground.  The piece was edited down a bit for print. Below is the unedited text for those interested. Louise Coysh,...

Audience with Will Self

Audience with Will Self

For anyone in Southampton (or interested in coming down!) on the 1st May I will be hosting Will Self in Southampton for the day. Will will be taking a walk with my 3rd year Experimental Geography students and sticking around for a reading from his new book Shark...

Experimental Geographies

Experimental Geographies

Over the past few weeks, I've been putting together a 3rd year undergraduate course here at the University of Southampton. This is my first time putting together an entire course and I'm pleased to say I've finally got a draft syllabus together. I'm now going to start...

Croesor Rhosydd Slate Mine

Croesor Rhosydd Slate Mine

I've always wanted to do the Croesor-Rhosydd Slate Mine through trip in Snowdonia. It's by many accounts one of the toughest mine explorations in Britain, requiring specialized equipment (like pulleys), solid SRT (Single Rope Technique) knowledge and a fair amount of...

The Hobbit House

The Hobbit House

The other day my good friend Darmon Richter stopped by Southampton to visit and told me he was headed to a Hobbit House on some farmland in Somerset. The back story was that a local farmer, in the 1980s, built a house for his sheep of stacked stone and, well, got...

Alice’s Derives in Devonshire

Alice’s Derives in Devonshire

Triarchy Press has just published Phil Smith's new book Alice's Derives in Devonshire. I wrote the forward and thought I might put it here for anyone interested, along with the raw text for ease of sharing. Foreword to Alice’s Dérives by Phil Smith Bradley L Garrett...

Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Here is my talk at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in the Sydney Opera House, August 2014. The talk is introduced by Ann Mossop and is followed by a...

2014 Events

2014 Events

My event schedule for 2014 is just about full - I'm listing upcoming events here for those interested in attending or disrupting them. I'm particularly interested in unsolicited collaborations. [soundcloud url=""...

Walking the Doomway

Walking the Doomway

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Cosmetic Homicide: The Death of Battersea Power Station

Cosmetic Homicide: The Death of Battersea Power Station

I stopped by Battersea Power Station this afternoon after Harriet Hawkins texted me to say the developers had finally begun to chip at the chimneys. There was a  sense of urgency in her text. When I got there, I saw why. On the side of the building, there was some new...

Mount London Launch

Mount London Launch

An invisible mountain is rising above the streets of the capital – and at over 1,800 metres, it is Britain’s highest peak... You are cordially invited to a party tomorrow night at Rough Trade East to celebrate the launch of a much-anticipated new title from Penned in...

Trash Humpers: The Politics of Urban Exploration

Trash Humpers: The Politics of Urban Exploration

“Young people everywhere have been allowed to choose between love and a garbage disposal unit. Everywhere they have chosen the garbage disposal unit.” -Guy Debord A few months back, I was invited to the Barbican to discuss my book Explore Everything with Will...

Matthew Power (1974-2014)

Matthew Power (1974-2014)

I lost a good friend yesterday. Matthew Power was on assignment for Men's Journal in Uganda accompanying Levison Wood as he attempted to walk the length of the Nile. Matt fell victim to heat exhaustion, which is almost impossible to treat in the field. While I’m happy...

Canterbury School of Architecture Talk

Canterbury School of Architecture Talk

I will be at the Canterbury School of Architecture tomorrow speaking on Explore Everything: Place Hacking the City. Opening drink will be at 5.30pm and the lecture at Lecture 6pm in the Architecture Building Foyer Space at UCA Canterbury. It is assumed that every inch...

@biochembelle * Came across @Goblinmerchant on twitter who I thought could bring a new perspective to a paper idea I had. Managed to convince him it was a good idea, was vital in getting current job. We've never met!

Headed to the Metro in Sydney to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Stupidly excited.

Wallaby in custody after bouncing over Sydney Harbour Bridge:

Some great photos in this article, Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories

Stengers (2015) on how our research becomes bounded by the financial structures of the neoliberal academy.

Are there any preppers in Hawaii that can tell me how they responded to the Baltic Missile notice for a book? Please send PM. #preppers #hawaii #missilethreat #missilealert

For about 15 minutes, doomsday preppers of Hawaii did not regret buying 28 years of food

Chicago Police Department To Monitor All Interactions With Public Using New Bullet Cams

Unqualified for the job and incapable of doing it, unwilling even to behave presidentially, Trump’s revenge has been to trash the office he holds:

Our work from the Bundian Way Project now has a permanent home on the Fugitive Moments site:

The creepiest part of my walk through 'Amazonia' in Seattle was when the tech giant turned into Big Brother: via @Blondegirlfrnd

A Strategy for Ruination:

My USyd Fellowship Reading List:

Life as a University of Sydney Fellow:

"Under new rules, people in NY prisons can only receive books from 5 certified vendors. They offer 5 junk sex novels, 14 bibles & religious books, 24 drawing/coloring books, 21 puzzle books, 11 guitar/chess/how-to books, 1 dictionary, 1 thesaurus. No other books can be sent in"

The Harbour review - Scott Bevan's ambitious exploration of Sydney's gem: via @smh

More than 2,300 EU academics resign from U.K. posts amid warning over UK university 'Brexodus':

My first book review of the year is The Harbour, Scott Bevan's ambitious exploration of Sydney's gem:

Fresh photo batch uploaded to my Flickr stream:

Sadiq Khan has failed to abolish Boris Johnson's dodgy definition of 'affordable rent' in his new housing strategy, leaving in dangerous loopholes:

“If you are developing a career in academia, compromising with the academic research machine is inevitable. It is how you compromise that is crucial”

Walking around the city, I’m always curious how many random tourist photos I end up in. I guess one day Facebook will tell me 😐

“Being a nice person is secondary to not getting shafted”

Final 2017 reading before heading into the NYE Sydney Harbour mess: The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James. 2018 will be a year of words.

That time @Goblinmerchant and I climbed 246 feet up a tree swaying in a windy rain shower. Without protection. Not gonna front: it was pretty scary.


With 2017 drawing to a close, I thought it was time for a website overhaul:

In this review, Bradley L. Garrett (@Goblinmerchant) discusses new book "From Light to Dark: Daylight, Illumination, and Gloom" by Tim Edensor.

Winding Ice Age cave discovered beneath Montreal

READ AND WEEP: "Universities spend millions on accessing results of publicly funded research"

Generation Screwed

Alien Probe or Galactic Driftwood? SETI Tunes In to 'Oumuamua

Happy #InternationalMountainDay

Join a crack team of writers inc. @joedunthorne @mattfromlondon @InuaEllams @HelenMort to climb an invisible mountain above the streets of #London

Beautiful hardback designed by @benanslow - £9.99 (rrp £12.99)

The Mapping of Massacres:

Boxer who's represented England is in immigration centre pending deportation:

The REF is wrong: books are not inferior to papers via @timeshighered

@Goblinmerchant @w_derham Most of Cork City's public benches were also removed

Benches removed from public space in Belfast city centre used by rough sleepers.

The Shortest Scientific Paper Ever Published

NBC news in LA is reporting that the wildfires are now burning down Rupert Murdoch's house.

University food banks are monuments to the obscene pay of vice-chancellors

Southampton University admits vice-chancellor was on pay panel

Right, because transferring two billion pounds' worth of council estates and other public properties to a new entity half-owned by a multinational private real estate company has nothing to do with ideology at all ht @lukewbarratt

Amateur explorers discover vast underground passage beneath Montreal

Passing along advice for freelancers/creators: when asked to do a thing, consider: passion, prestige, payment. Require at least two.

On a remote atoll, a concrete dome holds a leaking toxic timebomb

'We revived an ancient tradition': Israel's new subterranean city of the dead

Extended Flight: The Emergence of Drone Sovereignty

Home Office putting UK's research reputation at risk. Again.

From field notes @Goblinmerchant and I took in Australia last year: "Ned Kelly riles against the big ugly fat-necked wombat headed big bellied magpie legged narrow hipped splaw-footed sons of Irish Baliffs or English landlord".

Donald Trump's 16 Accusers:
Kristin Anderson
Lisa Boyne
Rachel Crooks
Tasha Dixon
Jessica Drake
Jill Harth
Cathy Heller
Samantha Holvey
Ninni Laaksonen
Jessica Leeds
Mindy McGillivray
Cassandra Searles
Natasha Stoynoff
Temple Taggart
Karena Virginia
Summer Zervos

We could have had single payer for $1.4 trillion.

Instead the wealthiest 1% get a tax cut and the debt goes up $1.5 trillion anyway.

My dentist told me earlier that our teeth are always ‘erupting’, which I find both fascinating and highly disconcerting.

The Case for Not Being Born:

Today is your last chance to order an @urbangoodcic London #NationalParkCity map until Spring 2018. @LondonNPC

17 years ago we saw an Act passed that revolutionised access to the countryside. Now we can walk on much of our mountains, moors, down, heath and common land. But only a minority of people know about their rights. To help, we’ve produced a handy guide

Desperate times: council to sell 17 parks to developers to fund the remainder of its green spaces. When they’re gone, they’re gone.

Woke up to the brilliant news that @Robinson1Simon has passed his PhD viva at @UAL with minor corrections. Congratulations Dr Robinson!

Drone Race: Human vs. Artificial Intelligence (A.I.). Who will win in a race against time? We raced drones controlled by A.I. against a professional human pilot. See who won:

Good luck to @Robinson1Simon on his PhD viva today! You’ve been prepping for this for years Simon, you’re going to do great.

Animation shows the changes in religious affiliation in Australia over the last 50 years. Australians are turning their backs from religious institutions.

The fat cats have got their claws into our universities, and will eat them up:

Is Kant a moron?

I couldn’t stand it anymore and finally googled it. A quick history of why Asians wear surgical masks in public:

Doncaster council 'interacted' with 220 people in first week of #PSPO banning begging. It targeted those 'known to get involved in activies such as rough sleeping'. Deliberate penalisation of homeless.

The bravest @Goblinmerchant tells @GreenJ about trespass, urban exploration & private bukers at the end of the world

New in Area's regular feature, ethics in/of geographical research: Ethics ≠ law by @ThomasDekeyser @geogsouthampton & @Goblinmerchant

Everything from hidden bunkers between Tube atatuons, to the top of an unfinished Shard. This book is so London.

Freshly published: my article with @Goblinmerchant on the socio-political necessities and ethical legitimacy of undertaking ethnographies into illegal practices.

Ethics does not equal law:

Place-hacking the city: trespass, urban exploration and misrule: via @RadioNational

U.K. Faces Longest Fall in Living Standards on Record:

UK universities 'face disaster within weeks' without clear Brexit plan:

Just found an old moleskin from our court case where I note the prosecution barrister arguing: 'this cannot reasonably be called urban exploration anymore... we have here a leisure activity that has turned into a criminal enterprise.' LULZ

I’m completely flummoxed by people who aren’t inherently excited by books and stationary.

Resurgence is raising funds to build a centre - this is a great organisation and worthy cause! @Resurgence_mag

92% of Americans spend more than 90% of their lives indoors or in vehicles. Via @Harpers

The population of earth will increase by 9 billion people over 150 years, from 1950 to 2100 (Haraway 2016: 4).

From 2004-2012, the mining sector contributed on average 7.5% to Australia's GDP, buffering from the worst of the 2008 meltdown (Povinelli 2016: 108). Where is that money now going? Into real estate of course, which caused the crash...

Tanzania earns $2.2 billion a year divided among 25 million people; Goldman Sachs earns $2.6 billion a year, divided to 161 stockholders.

Given the Sydney Openair Cinema closes down a big chunk a public space for nearly a month, collects money from corporate sponsors, including banks, and then charges the public $40 to see a film there, shouldn’t the @StGeorgeOpenAir financials be made public?

'...we rescued such details, known to no geographer in the world.' -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

'If I should sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society, as most appear to do, I am sure that for me there would be nothing left worth living for.' -Thoreau

My political position is that we have to have one.

Meat eaters are officially destroying the planet:

There's a reason Joan Didion's work endures: she changed the way we wrote

‘Although Marx’s own writings still have great value, Marxist discourse has lost its value.’ -Félix Guattari

Hot tip: if you’ve just announced a number of job cuts, maybe don’t advertise for a chauffeur.

Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota:

University of Southampton to cut up to 75 academic jobs:

One Of The UK's Largest Wartime Structures Goes On The Market For £400,000:

The incredible thing about apple products is how bored I am looking at them. They’re totally dead objects.

It was two weeks ago. He’s got his shootings muddled up.

Life as a writer on Tuesday: I write a paragraph before lunch and after lunch edit the paragraph carefully. I’m proud of the paragraph by 5pm. Life as a writer on Wednesday: I delete said paragraph and tweet about it with renewed pride.

I just liked “APOCALYPSE RHYME - Oliver Harrison” by @TheFallenWord on #Vimeo: