Relation between ad & hardcore adult film = relation between funny joke and explanation of what's funny about the joke - DFW
DFW, who I love, wrote a story Church Not made With Hands, which is also a song by , who I love. Complete fucking validation
Hard to sit still through Northern Soul - wanted to walk out the cinema and DANCE
Deborah Levy, novelist, playwright & poet: "Zoe Pilger might be the heiress to Angela Carter"
32 hours left, so you can still type up something wonderful over a glass of wine later. ;-)
Picasso said all paintings are 'more or less convincing lies'. Adam Thirlwell on his realism
Who stands, barefoot, on a seat at a restaurant and reads Calvino aloud to the diners? May-Lan Tan does VIDEO
the only craft beer bar in london raucously celebrating Ohi day
Happy Ohi Day - No grazie Grazzi
Inspired by Zadie Smith's essay on the severe Protestant upbringing of Katharine Hepburn, I'm going to have a cold shower.
If u wondered what would Will Self be like if u took 30 points off his IQ & surrounded him with sycophants for 10 yrs, that's Russell Brand
**NEW** Issue 10 of The Puffin Review is here, with stories and poetry from new writers. Please RT
Think about this at the urinal tonight: RT ": Research shows that animals take approx 21 seconds to pee
Don't let form calcify! Don't let literature become something we "went into a great deal at one time". ZADIE SMITH making everything clear.
Review: Working the Room by Geoff Dyer
"Mrs Hogg spoke little, but she was very much present." Just finished the tart, clever The Comforters by Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark is not our "greatest woman novelist" as the blurb suggests. She is our "greatest fucking novelist"
Writing an essay on male feminists. Couple at next table talking about pay gap. Guy LITERALLY saying ALL the wrong things. Woman is awesome
Dad just accused the attendant at the train station car park of operating a Stalinist regime, prompting a furious political discourse. Wow.
Have just discovered a Soundcloud account called I'd Fuck To This: music that makes you wanna touch each other . Yes!
That's the sadness they get before they kill or before they betray. That is the sadness that comes before the sell-out HEMINGWAY
When a book is described as 'a tour de force' my hopes of ever finishing it are instantly halved.
Goats and guerrilla warfare are inextricably linked in my head. I blame this on the Movies.
Reading Ned Beauman's The Teleportation Accident. He describes a late night post-booze food queue as 'a congealed riot'. Which is great.
Incredible track from Stockholm's prowls along all deep and moody then leaps in yer face like a panther
Leo Tolstoy Google doodle pays tribute to novelist's 'astonishing scope and vigour'
Every CHEKHOV story according to SOBOLEV: They were young, they fell in love, then married and were unhappy
Feeling smug to have written a sentence that begins with PROSTRATE and ends in PROSTATE
I want a touch of bitterness in everything... a jeer in the midst of our triumphs, desolation even in the midst of enthusiasm - FLAUBERT
Irony does not impair pathos - on the contrary, irony enhances the pathetic side - FLAUBERT
ie stories written and told somehow within sound
Oh my. I have been imagining something like this for some months... It actually exists!
This will mix you up the right way - spaced out, off beat booms and blooms from
"Negotiating w/ the Dead: A self-help programme for composers" by in launches me onto the day like a wave
Had there been no theatre in Shakespeare's time, there wld've been no Lear. Platforms permit stuff. Yes! in
"For me, a description of (male or female) genitalia has more literary value/interest than the description of a shoulder."
In which it is shown that Wes Anderson movies are the best for pirating via screen-rip
Bohumil Hrabal's anecdotes are like Wes Anderson scenes - compositionally perfect, overtly orchestrated, confessing their artificiality
Something about trivial philandering party boys having a courageous moment under a heroic sun makes me emotionally volatile
Crying fat hot tears to Captain Corelli's Mandolin in spite of terrible terrible accents
New word - PALAVERING a skittering way of narrating where meaning is continually deferred
Everyone is miniature, but with grandiose ambitions. So everyone is laughable THIRLWELL
We are most funny precisely in proportion to how seriously we take ourselves - to how absolutely we have lost our sense of humour THIRLWELL
Thirlwell's introduction to I Served The King of England is superb!
No sooner had I laid down one Bohumil Hrabal, than another one drops through the letterbox.
"[B]ad luck for the young poet would be a rich father, an early marriage, an early success or the ability to do anything very well." - Buk
Dancing lessons for the advanced in age contains (among many digressions) a thrilling paragraph on how to brew beer!
haha. good stuff. See you there!
Finally smoked out a slippery little short story that has been hiding under a pile of sentences in a word document for over a month.
My lighter has run away and hidden somewhere. I refuse to accept a more rational explanation
So...our latest music video for Give You Better is now up 'n' out for your viewing pleasure VIDEO
This track from is as good as a 4am head and neck massage
Yess doo bap rum dah! New sounds. Mad as a coked-up Basset Hound.
watch the beautiful terrible eyes
Lent THINGS TO MAKE AND BREAK by to a friend. She called from Zacharo. Its not a beach read is it, she said.
The novel walks into a bar followed by the novella.
The bartender says, "What's with the new guy?"
The novel says, "it's a long story."
I was so alone that every day was like eating my own heart - JUNOT DIAZ, this is how you lose her - some lines are like a truck in the face
Putting together another New Yorker short story list (first one )
My call for fiction submissions Interested? Please read, and RT...
It is frustrating that the books you most want to lend are the same books you find it unsettling not to have nearby at all times
Who in your house can afford to subscribe to she said, picking it up gingerly. Who can afford NOT to subscribe, he said smugly
I like this. You should too. Once In A Lifetime • The Reflex Re√ision by on
Just seen a fabulous typo: 'blingual'. This is where you speak two different languages whilst looking FABULOUS.
We are fogetting 1 in 4 people have they aren't all funny.
"I bet Robin Williams knew he was loved. Unfortunately, love doesn't cure mental illness."
and JD Salinger's Nine Stories is underwhelming. The endings manage to be at once unexpected and obvious, incomprehensible and laboured.
Finished The Outsider, CAMUS - sparse, pin-point reporting breaks into honest, bitter, noble, existential rage against mental slavery. Yes!
This was a joy: A critical appreciation of Bohumil Hrabal and the varieties of representing authoritarianism: .
More works by the wonderful Bohumil Hrabal translated into English (and reviewed in ):
I just bought a shedload of Bohumil Hrabal
oh this is a shame. I can't even argue with you about it until I get back to London and listen.
For quite a while, we’d been nothing but an argument looking for different ways to happen - WELLS TOWER
ha! Smart. Mine is by Wells Tower.
Someone listen to this for me! Im sure its gonna be good but the file won't open on my shitty phone!
I am a man: I enter spaces because it empties me - JENNY HOLZER, 1987
Don't you wanna fuck me said the burger - MEL RAMOS, Virnaburger, 1965
he is the over reaching and yet somehow achieving grand master
We are all only a beat away from elevator music - DELILLO
This is what I mean when I call myself a writer. I construct sentences - DELILLO
“The novel’s not dead, it’s not even seriously injured, but I do think we’re working in the margins.” —Don DeLillo
At Heathrow arrivals a driver is holding a sign saying Mr Khunt. I grinned at him. I know it took everything he had not to smile, a little
We watched it again yesterday! : 's set from is available to watch again
When one lives attached to money, pride or power, it is impossible to be truly happy.
“She is neither old-fashioned or avant-garde. She is original.” Adam Thirlwell on the narrative art of Muriel Spark:
New word - APAHSIA a disorder of the central nervous system characterised by a partial or total loss of the ability to communicate
Why are approximately one in ten east Londoners incapable of flushing the toilet? Who taught these people the art of toilet?
24th of July - The Sun.
Everything falls into place.
The brewer makes the wort; the yeast makes the beer
"Hidden behind this impatience is something shaped like fear"
something eerie and wondrous about this songlet from
Artaud on writers via Bolaño: MT ": The epigraph for Bolaño’s A Little Lumpen Novelita: ”
Perhaps there are other forms of writing, but I know only this kind; at night, when fear keeps me from sleeping. I know only this kind
If you like Franz Kafka and cool animation, check out this short film:
Meet the "next generation of American lit mags":
Friendship is the triangulation of reality!
"Part of what comes with seeing connections no one else sees is that not all of these connections actually exist"