Out-Create the Destruction

Thanks to the fabulous Pam Grossman mentioning this in an interview, I have been recharged by the great quote from the always delightful Tori Amos: “You have to out-create the destruction – it’s the only way.” (By the by, have you been listening to Native Invader? It’s really terrific.) I realise that this is what…

My Blakean Muse

Rouze up, O Young Men of the New Age! set your foreheads against the ignorant Hirelings! For we have Hirelings in the Camp, the Court & the University, who would, if they could, for ever depress Mental & prolong Corporeal War. William Blake, Preface to Milton I have had some insight into a revision I…

Happy Hogmanay!

Here’s my year-end wrap-up, mostly so I don’t skate over accomplishments: it’s easy to feel like you haven’t done much when you don’t keep track. Of course there are things not on this list because they haven’t come out yet (Hire Idiots, Mangled, My Wandering Uterus) or because they don’t have tangible results (e.g. application…

Collisions

I shared my Inspirations Song List today as I’d updated it (Songs that Inspired Stories), then joked that I should make a list of stories that started from collisions. Not literally — although I do have one or two of those — but collisions of ideas. Example: later this month Empty Mirror will publish my…

Happy Know Year

Begin how you mean to go on, Take up your weapon of choice, Fill you heart with joy, Summon all your powers, And show the world what you’ve got.

The Secret to Life

…can be yours for just $19.99 down and $19.99 a month until you finish buying all my books which should take less than a year, I expect (someone do the calculations: I can’t be bothered). Everything I’ve published over decades could be read in a year. Humbling, eh? Is that a sufficiently clickbaity title? Apparently…

SA4QE 2015

Happy birthday to Russell Hoban, wherever he may be in the luminiferous ether. So we remember him every year: and odd writer with unusually attached fans. Such loyalty is not easily won. I recommend his books to you. You’ll find a few to treasure. If you want to understand what the Slickman A4 Quote Event…

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…

Daniella Dooling at Esther Massry Gallery

DANIELLA DOOLING BLOODY DICK ROAD IN THE BIG HOLE VALLEY: FILES FROM THE GIRL IN ROOM 10 Esther Massry Gallery – October 10 – December 7 Daniella Dooling’s mixed media installation is a transgression of borders: sculpture/archive/ adolescence/adulthood/sobriety/hallucinogenic drugs/gender/sexuality. Societal inscriptions of normalcy are reconstructed and reclaimed through a process of sifting through memorabilia, family…

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

Every creative gets this question sooner or later: those asking think it’s the most natural thing in the world to ask about this ‘mysterious’ process. Those questioned, however, can’t help wondering where don’t you get ideas?! The truth is inspiration comes from the oddest things (that’s why we carry notebooks) but it can also be…