About me

IMG_0628 (2)
This is the personal blog of Ben Pestell, a lecturer, writer, and editor from London (UK).

My academic interests lie in theories of mythology and the presence of myth in modern and contemporary literature. This blog also reflects my interest in unpopular pop music. If the conjunction of the two is too jarring for your tastes, you may use the ‘categories’ to filter the posts.

I live near Epping Forest with my wife and son. I have co-edited Translating Myth, a collection of academic essays published by Legenda/Routledge in 2016. In my PhD I reassessed the interactions between the human and the divine in Aeschylus’ Oresteia.

My most notable achievement in music was playing ‘second keyboard’ and ‘surrogate bass’ for The Beale, ‘Anglo-Scouse neo-Fall gobshites’ whose highly idiosyncratic live sessions on Resonance FM drew concerned comments from the shows’ hosts. Our last CD was favourably reviewed by Stewart Lee in The Sunday Times, and our performance at the launch for the Can DVD at London’s Kosmische club in 2003 resulted in a venue ban.

Readers and old pals can contact me at ben[dot]pestell[at]gmail[dot]com.

I use ‘clone guilt’ as the URL of this blog because they are two words that people can spell.