Author: Rookling

Small Windows Pt. III: Good omens, small comforts

A thousand-mile journey begins with a single step, so you might as bloody well get that first step right. Fingers crossed the weather's fair, too. But even if you do and it is, there's no guarantee of safety or success.

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Small Windows Pt. II: What a view from my small window

On the outbound train, I missed the sunrise for writing my diary. This time I'm determined to catch it.

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Small Windows Pt. I: Suitcases, and cases for suits

It was the kind of dilemma that I never like to face at 4:30am on a Sunday morning: suit or no suit? It now seems trivial but to my bleary morning mind I felt like my founding principles were on the line. What it boiled down to was: which version of me will they get in Basel?

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Raven Mail cutting

Raven Mail? What’s that and how does it work?

Most of you, most of the time, are not where I am. I can ping you the occasional recording or email, but our interactions are purely digital. That doesn't quite…

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Rookling Writing

The Delectable Shrinking of the World: or, the joys of letters

It is unforgettable and profound, how a beloved friend or kinsman reshapes one's name between their fingers, with their unique contrivance of scratches, loops, and blots. When I read my name from the pen of another, I feel I am looking into an oracular mirror.

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Berlin Potsdamer Platz

Streaming must change now: or, why GoFundMe is a bit like Vernon Dursley from Harry Potter

In the late 00s, Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn were a music and YouTuber duo with handsome online audience and revenues to match. In 2013, they found themselves with a…

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Rookling in black and white

Art Every Day – A schedule of inspiration for late lockdown

I imagine I'm not alone in feeling short on inspiration. My response is to ask for help from the very best. So I've set myself a listening schedule. I'm sharing…

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The Fountain cover art

The Fountain: How it was born, and how to listen

LISTEN ON YOUTUBE LISTEN ON SPOTIFY DOWNLOAD & DONATE ON BANDCAMP Today, I'm sharing with you my second single, 'The Fountain'. While listening, scroll down and discover the story of…

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Berlin Potsdamer Platz

Picture postcard from Berlin: Wanderer in the wasteland

In one afternoon, the dimensions of my life lurched around so quickly that I didn't have time to get seasick.

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Osaka Canal

Picture postcard from Osaka: A million feet and a shattered peace

The forest left me so calm I thought I'd be forever immune to the pinpricks of city living. But no sooner had that impression settled than it was joined by a kind of dread as I realised I would probably never return here.

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