Why Clowns Have Never Been Funny

When did clowns stop being funny? Some trace a change back to Stephen King’s 1986 novel It (adapted into a TV miniseries in 1990 and a film in 2017), where a malignant being disguises himself as a clown called Pennywise and terrorises neighbourhoods. It spawned a generation of cultural imitators, not to mention real-life counterparts … Continue reading Why Clowns Have Never Been Funny

Living on the Edge

I grew up with a form of identity confusion. My family home was in Northwood, in the former postal county of Middlesex, a region on the Northwest edge of Greater London. “Middlesex” belonged to London. But we had a Hertfordshire phone number. We lived on a quiet street. But 50 yards from a fairly busy … Continue reading Living on the Edge