Can someone become a fan of the welfare state initiative the same way others fanaticise about pop-culture entities like bands, comic books and movie stars? A journey through the urban landscapes of Basildon New Town and Japanese otaku hangouts. From Eastern European Depeche Mode devotees to Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One. From mundanity to aspiration. From love to loss.
After a fractured night/ I lay here/ Fuck this!/ Fuck that!/ Fuck my hip, my knee/ Fuck my painting, fuck my ego/ Fuck the dishwasher, the leaking tap/ Fuck internet dating/ Fuck being 70/ At dawn I reflect/ I woke up again/ I am glad I have./ Invective, the elixir!/ Without invective/ I’d be fucked!