‘A Time Of Gifts’ by Patrick Leigh Fermor. I had never heard of this guy, or this book. I wasn’t even going to take it, but for some reason I grabbed it at the last second. It blew my fucking mind.
Recently the American writer Philip Roth announced he was quitting literature. We look back over his neurotic, sacrilegious and puerile 1969 novel, Portnoy’s Complaint.
I had to read a Katie Price (Jordan) ‘novel’ on holiday. It was one of the worst experiences of my life #middleclassproblems
A ‘failed’ writer turns to Google to in an attempt to collaborate with translation software.
Despite dangling off the tip of the West Country, Falmouth has got itself quite a scene going on. Jackson Wise and Ed Tuckwell are two men trying to cram it all amongst the pages of a pocket-sized life guide. We crashed their barbershop-come publishing studio late one Sunday evening to talk Muji and Mucklow.
Poetry/Arts collective, Clinic are hosting their last event at the Amersham Arms on Friday, launching a new pamphlet and Tubelord are playing live.
Ageing folky popster, Crouch End resident and sometime actor, Bob Dylan once said “to live outside the law you must be honest” or somesuch – he then strummed at a passing electric guitar and thousands of his fans exploded.
Five Dials is a free PDF literary magazine and a baby brother to a publisher called Hamish Hamilton (formerly an independent, now an imprint of the mighty behemoth known as Penguin Books). Hamish Hamilton have published everyone from Albert Camus to Joe Dunthorne (he wrote Submarine which you probably saw filmed by Richard Ayoade). Five Dials have published Leonard Cohen, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem…
It was announced this morning that Louis Vuitton had unveiled a plan to takeover Italian Jewleller Bvlgari for some £3bn. It seems that luxury brands aren’t as damaged by the economic downturn as the rest of us, due in part to huge economic growth in China (eat that Joseph McCarthey).
You must be wondering what on earth it is that I am here for. But before I embark on chronicling all of my current contemplations, let me begin by setting the sought out scene and subject of my present thinking for you.