The story of my life
Why nobody will use the Tesla patents, ever.

Why nobody will use the Tesla patents, ever.

Elon Musk makes huge waves by saying that anyone can use Tesla’s technology patents. Specifically, ‘Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.’ Note that weasel phrase, ‘in good faith’. No lawyer would ever let any company build a product using a Tesla patent on the...
The Billion Dollar Artist

The Billion Dollar Artist

A couple of years ago I wrote a proposal for a Damien Hirst biog and hawked it to my agent. He loved it and with a bit of work we got to the point of sending the proposal out to twelve publishers. None of them bit, and the project bit the dust at that time....
Writing a shack

Writing a shack

Building a shack is like writing a book. First I waited years on a list to get a piece of hardscrabble hillside. They call them allotments and I have to grow fruit and vegetables and flowers on it. The allotment is in a valley of ramshackle allotments called Roedale. From a perch at the top...

Getting through the decade

Following a significant birthday last year I wrote a list of things I set myself to achieve in the coming decade. Take up Yoga Publish a novel Earn more money than I consume Take up a watersport that requires a wetsuit Do something at the Edinburgh Festival Buy a freehold piece of land Lose two...

Stop Stealing Dreams. That’s ironic, right?

Seth Godin: Who Decides What Gets Sold In The Bookstore? I just found out that Apple is rejecting my new manifesto Stop Stealing Dreams and won’t carry it in their store because inside the manifesto are links to buy the books I mention in the bibliography. Quoting here from their note to me, rejecting the...

How Punk Rock Led Me To The Joys and Perils of Self Publishing

Yeah, me too.How Punk Rock Led Me Down The Garden Path To The Joys and Perils of Self Publishing – IndieReader Punk was a generation-defining social movement which accidentally gave birth to the fanzine—a Xerox-nourished zygote that slowly grew and mutated—decades later—into independent publishers and POD. The startling realization that you could do things yourself—put...