The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

Different voices / the ludic and the melancholic

Night clubs, dancing, champagne and nights in girls’ flats, with days at the races and generally going “on the bust” constituted my life. I lived from day to day taking no heed of the morrow, and if I had been asked at that time what the future he…

July 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Musical interlude

July 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

When Joe Orton met Queer London?

There’s no history that can’t be improved by a bit of silver foil and some decorative stars…

July 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Historicizing the asphalt

Like any good urban historian, I know my de Certeau. The Practice of Everyday Life (1984) is preoccupied with the ways in which we might retain our individuality within the homogenizing tendencies of mass culture. Re-staged in the kind of modern m…

July 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Occasional cycling

Not quite sure you can make it out from the photo, but apparently you can see five states from the top of this mountain. Worth the hour and a quarter I spent climbing it then…

July 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Beard growing

July 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Music and history: letting the Smiths do the work

And so, I checked all the registered historical facts And I was shocked into shame to discover How I’m the eighteenth pale descendant Of some old Queen or other. Oh has the world changed or have I changed? Oh has the world changed or have I change…

July 5, 2012 · Leave a comment