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"
I was delivering a sermon on frugality to my housemates when one of them pointed out I had accidentally thrown a fiver in the bin. Oops.
Old ideas, which everyone knows, often appear suddenly as if quite new, sometimes even after one has been alive for fifty years
“May-Lay Tan’s ‘Things to Make and Break’ is omnisexual, and it’s mind-blowingly good.”
New word - SERIOCOMIC (go figure)
All I know about Aria San is that she owns a good hat and makes deep, majestic music
“If you get paid for being crazy ... I call that sane.” —Hunter S. Thompson, born on this day in 1937
...and Ginsberg's sad homage to Whitman in 'Supermarket in California' deserves a mention!
"The wisdom of poetry is a passage past the rocks of doubt."
but could it not also mean that he thinks women have more conviction??
absolutely! These old masters are so often like painfully sexist grandparents
What does Dostoyevsky mean when he says: "a woman is never capable of COMPLETE remorse"? Is he just being sexist, again?
Three girls came into with fliers for pop up fashion market . ALL of them were wearing ALL black
Instructions found on a wall in Brockley.
Doing extra shifts at the bar and now the beginnings of all my anecdotes sound like jokes.
The nurse gave me 12 condoms and said come back in 3 months. From which I infer that the state is prepared to subsidise sex once a week.
From their work/sleep routines, I suspect that none of these famous creatives worked in bars. Flaubert comes closest
This pub is two minutes from dalston Kingsland. This is a true story.
Debut EP launch. Dont miss out on a first tasty bite from Projected Images' pie: live show and guest artists
check this out! Pop Politics
"Europe is a history which can be cannibalised by anyone[!]" Adam Thirlwell on the real and unreal Europe
Stories should somehow be written and read inside this little, perfectly formed scrap of sound