Unloading Your Head

‘I need a dump truck, mama, to unload my head…’ Bob Dylan, From a Buick 6 The difference between people who create things and people who do not is only that the former follow the impulses which infect their brains because trying to make them manifest is the true joy of being alive. Can I…

It’s Krampus Eve!

So it’s time for my favourite holiday offering: Don’t forget; there’s an audio version, too: Don’t let the Krampus get you!

Happy Birthday, Peter Cook

Happy birthday to the funniest man who ever drew breath — not to mention also a very dapper man at his best. The world is a poorer place without him in it. And a visionary, who believed in “Training BEES for uses against foreign powers, and so on” and “Elimination of spindly insects and encouragement…

TOA/V: Straight to Hell Returns

So I got to meet Alex Cox at the Hudson Basilica run by former Hole member Melissa Auf der Mauer (who introduced him) and see the rejiggered STRAIGHT TO HELL RETURNS so how big was my smile? Very! I love this film. I felt for years as if I were the only person crazy enough…

Crime Fiction in Gdansk: Day Three (and Four)

It’s the little things that make a difference. I liked the attempt to give the authentic feel of a crime scene to the conference area. Good thing I resisted the urge to call these posts “Gdansking Lessons” which I was temped to do, following in Vonnegut’s footsteps (“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.”)….

FFB: Money in the Bank

MONEY IN THE BANK P. G. Wodehouse Not too long after deciding to stash away the family fortune in diamonds, the 6th Viscount Uffenham forgets where he hid them. Forced to let out Shipley Hall he desperately needs to recover the loot as the family seat is now overrun by Clarissa Cork. It’s not Jeeves…

Review: Adventures in Dementia

‘Adventures In Dementia is a collaboration between the ex-Auters frontman Luke Haines and artist Scott King which tells the fictionalised story of Skrewdriver’s lead singer crashing his car into the back of Mark E Smith’s caravan – with actors playing both parts, and is being performed as part of King’s Festival Of Stuff on July…

FFB — Wodehouse: A Life

”I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write.’ Before I get to my entry for Friday’s Forgotten Books, I want to point you to my interview with Ravello Magazine in Italy which came out this week, one I’m particularly happy with. If…

News Round Up

Yeeha! I’m allowed to use that because I have a Western coming out this week. Admittedly it’s a weird Western, but you wouldn’t expect any less of me, now would you? Some of you may be familiar with this story: now expanded into a stand alone novella. It still pokes at me to become the…

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

No, not the one you’re thinking of, much as I love my Stoppard: I mean in fact W. S. Gilbert’s play: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern A Tragic Episode, in Three Tabloids, founded on an Old Danish Legend I just started reading McCrum’s giant doorstop biography of P. G. Wodehouse, who of course adored Gilbert and at…