I had taken Prilepin for a liberal, but in fact he was a member of the banned National Bolshevik Party, founded by, among others, Aleksandr Dugin, who has called for the total destruction of the Ukrainian state. The ‘Nazbols’, as their eclectic pageantry suggested, believed there was nothing wrong with communism a bit of fascism couldn’t put right.
With the death of artist, writer and critic Brian O’Doherty, it can be said that another oak has fallen. This was the description of the passing of Seamus Heaney in 2013, and Seamus Deane in 2021. The association of trees with knowledge goes back to the Ogham alphabet, and no contemporary artist did more to rekindle interest in this abstract system of lettering than Brian O’Doherty, most famously in his Mondrian-like ‘Ogham on Broadway’.