An author and Open University lecturer has described to millions of readers how he is living the dream in Milton Keynes.
Ben Masters praises the city’s “strange beauty”, offbeat energy and utopian principles in a lengthy Guardian article this week.
“I have lived there, and I want to offer an appreciation of Milton Keynes,” he says.
Dr Masters, who is the author of Noughties, lectures in creative writing at the Open University and until recently lived in a city centre flat.
“When I was a kid, MK was a Roald Dahl story - lots of hairy-faced men in the shopping centre, the great glass elevator in John Lewis that could fly and peaches from M&S that, frankly, disappointed,” he recalls.
But he adds: “Living in MK can also feel like living in one big art installation designed by a smirking postmodernist - which I love.
“Everywhere you go the energy is offbeat. Maybe it’s an acquired taste but it suits me down to the ground.”
Dr Masters praises the grid system, the lines of trees “fattened on dual carriageway mucus “ and the copious public art - including the statue of Greg Rutherford that appears to be leaping from a roundabout into the River Island warehouse.
His view of the Xscape building is not quite so poetic: “a leaden humpback whale washed up in the middle of a big car park.”
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