#RIP Jonathan Miller

I first knew him from Beyond the Fringe which I knew as an LP in my desperate searches for more of that comedy I had been alerted to by Monty Python, The Goodies and I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again which were playing on my local public radio and television. Yes, of course, my adoration of Peter…

Bantz with the Foxes 2 & Hire Idiots on Tour!

More bantz with our Foxy overlords who contemplate whether there really is a difference between a small press and a cult. JOIN THE SKULK! Also the latest Fox Spirit release HIRE IDIOTS is on tour. It’s an hilarious cozy mystery set on a college campus.

Bantz with the Foxes

New from Fox Spirit Books: the comedy stylings of Adele and Tom AKA Aunty Fox and Mr Fox offering a glimpse behind the scenes of an award-winning small press. Or something like that 😉 scripted by me but of course based on real conversations (perhaps exaggerated slightly).

Leeds: #IMC2016

I am off to Leeds today for the International Medieval Congress (not to be confused with its American cousin, the International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo). I’ll be giving a paper ‘Chaucer & the Art of the Grift’ as well as taking part in a roundtable on using Twitter as an academic. Doubtless much to share…

Friday Fun: Soap Opera Digest & New Cover

Here’s a golden oldie that folks might have missed, my comic write up of non-existent soap operas that appeared in Dragnet Magazine. Click to embiggen. Also I’m delighted to reveal the brand-spankin’-new cover for the third CHASTITY FLAME novel, A Cut Throat Business, crafted by the superb S. L. Johnson. Find the hidden owl! Out…


Talk amongst yourselves. I shall return anon.

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: Noel Coward

Back in 1955 Noel Coward effectively caused the desertion of Hollywood of the glitterati when he took up a post in the Desert Inn, Las Vegas. For a month he charmed his way through sold out performances that drew the likes of tinsel town A-listers like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland, David Niven…

Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V: The Hitch-Hiker

Ida Lupino’s film noir debut, available free thanks to the Open Culture site. If you don’t know about them — well, there goes your productivity for the day. Books, audio and films galore. The RADA-trained English daughter of a stage comedian became best known for her increasingly dark films, no less than when she turned…

The How To Issue

[One of many responses to the How To Issue] How To Guide: World Domination Some people use the holidays to give gifts, bond with families and eat too much. These people will never control the globe. Lots of people have a good string of days off this time of year when they are free of…

Nora Ephron Made Movies

To some it may seem like a small thing, but it’s not: Nora Ephron made movies. In an industry where M. Night Shamalamadingdong can continue to get movies financed despite making some of the worst movies ever, women continue to be seen as “too much of a risk” to gamble on. It boggles the mind….