Apart from voyages by ship and cycling as far and as often as I can, I am a writer with a passion for Marxism and religion. Although this is the main focus of my work, I do write other material, as you will see from the list of publications. These include communism, philosophy, theology, and biblical studies (occasionally), as well as travel stories and commentary on current events concerning religion and politics. Plus you will find material in various languages, like Chinese, Danish, German, Bulgarian, Serbian, Italian, Korean, Russian, Romanian, and Turkish. Many of my travel stories now appear at Voyages on the Left, although they are often published in travel magazines.
For those who are interested, I spend part of my time in China as professor of literature at Renmin University, Beijing. And I keep a foot in at the University of Newcastle, Australia (although one should ignore any material on their website, since it is outdated and potentially misleading). For the most comprehensive source of my interests, this site is my webpage.
I like speaking my mind, being misinterpreted, and scaring the shit out of good, upright and conservative citizens. But I am also a bit of a hermit, enjoy sleep, the company of those close to me, cycling, ships (or did I say that), trains, collecting old wood and making furniture, or pieces of ancient bicycle and constructing new ones from them.
For those not aware of what my writing is like, here are some of my favourite glowing assessments:
- self-serving and icky
- all style and no substance
- anticipated with fear and trembling
- purveyor of pornography
- mystifying and dismaying
- yellow journalism
- the sentiment the author expresses here is the oddest I have ever read in a scholarly work
- Stalinist and apologist for the strong-arm tactics of the Maoists and the PRC
- Gelernt haben ich nichts
- agent of provocation
But why ‘Stalin’s Moustache’? Do I want to rehabilitate Stalin, who was more ambiguous than the popular conception would have it? Perhaps. But like Lenin’s jutting chin of history, I suspect that one of Stalin’s greatest achievements was that amazing moustache.
As Tito (from Yugoslavia) once said: ‘Stalin is known the world over for his moustache’.