Declan Tan

writes freelance

Declan Tan is a freelance writer mostly covering culture and subculture. He also occasionally publishes fiction and poetry for the internet and real paper.
On Trial: Racial Profiling in

On Trial: Racial Profiling in Europe

In March last year, the German administrative court in Koblenz deemed it legal to carry out identity checks based on an individual's skin colour alone. Apparently, what had eluded this Judge was a keener interest in the golden rule. Consider.
22/07/2013 10:30 BST
The Art of Wandering: The Writer as Walker by Merlin Coverley

The Art of Wandering: The Writer as Walker by Merlin Coverley (REVIEW)

Coverley has thus far made an intriguing career from his brand of esoteric primers, on interconnected subjects ranging from <em>Psychogeography</em> to <em>Occult London</em>, and with his latest, <em>The Art of Wandering: The Writer as Walker</em>, he re-introduces readers to a seemingly ancient tradition. Serving as a brief history of this storied connection between great, even classic, literature and the epic bouts of pedestrianism which bore them, Coverley inspires in his readers - who it must be presumed are largely made up of either walkers or writers (or both) - a peculiar kind of brotherhood.
07/08/2012 15:52 BST
Everything's Fine by Socrates Adams

Everything's Fine by Socrates Adams (REVIEW)

In his first novel,<a href="http://chickenandpies.blogspot.com/" target="_hplink"> Socrates Adams</a> doesn't seem that bothered about giving you an easy ride. Yes, there's the humour, a requirement for the 'alt lit' canon, and the thread with which he pulls you into his yarn, to have you wince for his characters and cringe through the situations they create for themselves. But it's not the laughs that make this debut an impressive one.
24/02/2012 17:52 GMT
Freight by Mel Bosworth

<em>Freight</em> by Mel Bosworth (REVIEW)

You might remember those books - they probably still make them (I just checked, they do) - called <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Choose_Your_Own_Adventure_books" target="_hplink"><em>Choose Your Own Adventure</em></a> where you read a bit, then there's a little action, then you make the hero's choice at some bifurcation of the story.
24/01/2012 14:21 GMT
Stories V! by Scott McClanahan

Stories V! by Scott McClanahan (REVIEW)

<strong>The Next Thing:</strong> McClanahan's first novel will be put out next year by <a href="http://nytyrantbooks.com/home/" target="_hplink">Tyrant Books</a>. He is also writing <em>The Sarah Book</em> in 2012, a chapter of which is included here. Which is all looking pretty good for McClanahan disciples, particularly as he's planning some readings in Europe for next year. Look out for him.
20/12/2011 14:28 GMT
'Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project' by Iain Sinclair

'Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project' by Iain Sinclair (REVIEW)

There haven't been many coherent voices speaking out against the impending money-splash of the London Olympics next year. Most have been swept away by the shiny promised land of the new Westfield, or the dubious pledges buried in tonnes of polished glass and metal, said to be invested in our potentially athletic children's futures.
15/12/2011 10:41 GMT
An Interview with Noah

An Interview with Noah Cicero

Noah Cicero is a novelist, poet and short-story writer from Youngstown, Ohio. He has authored six novels, the first of which, his influential and widely-acclaimed small press namedrop The Human War, has just been made into a feature-length film.
15/12/2011 10:24 GMT