Apocalypse Culture by Adam Parfrey

By Adam Parfrey

"Apocalypse Culture is obligatory studying for all these keen on the quandary of our occasions. a rare assortment in contrast to whatever i've got ever encountered. those are the terminal records of the 20 th century."—J.G. Ballard

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As such a job entailed long hours, shift work and a mountain of stress, he needed pills to keep his insomnia at bay. He would even confide in some of the doctors that he had been suffering from depression ever since his wife was killed in a traffic accident. In some versions, his child also died in the same accident, leaving him alone in the world. In actual fact, Azuar was married twice — both his wives are alive, and so is his daughter. But his ruse worked. Trim, well-dressed and a good storyteller, Azuar amassed some 500 sleeping pills (mainly Dormicum and Stilnox) from seven general practitioners.

Once, he punched and kicked his stepdaughters over something as minor as not opening the door for him because they were asleep. When he found his older stepdaughter Lisa texting a boy, he went so far as to drive the family to a secluded spot where he punched her, pulled her hair and slammed her head against the car. Six months into the marriage, matters took a sinister turn when Alan started molesting his elder stepdaughter. At night, while the entire family was sleeping, he would grope her breasts under her clothes, and to ensure easy reach, he dictated the sleeping arrangements in the house such that Lisa always slept close to him.

From issuing communiques about despatching relief teams to aid friendly nations in the face of sudden calamity, to attending or hosting international conferences and galas greased by champagne and caviar, the importance of the MFA is strongly etched in the public’s mind, inked by newsprint and glamourised by spy movies. This is all the more important for small nations such as Singapore. Despite the numerical disparity in wealth, land area, population and nuclear arsenal, diplomacy grants every nation a voice, a seat at the conference table, a place in the group photo.

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