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May 14, 2014

Listen to Will Self talking about satnavs on the Today programme at the 1hr 52min mark here. Available to listen to until 17 May.

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Published on May 14, 2014 01:57 • 3 views

Read Will Self’s latest On location column for the New Statesman here.

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Published on May 14, 2014 01:47 • 4 views

May 7, 2014

Watch Will Self in a live Intelligence Squared/ITV panel discussion about the role of smartphones in news-gathering, here at 6.45pm on Thursday 8 May.

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Published on May 07, 2014 12:22 • 36 views

May 5, 2014

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Watch Will Self discussing the death of the serious novel on Newsnight on Friday, and read an edited version of this year’s Richard Hillary memorial lecture, to be given tomorrow at the Gulbenkian theatre, StCrossBuilding, Oxford, at the Guardian here.

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Published on May 05, 2014 07:39 • 15 views

May 1, 2014

Let us recast the riddle of the Sphinx: who snaps, crackles and pops in the morning; snaps, crackles and pops in the afternoon; and snaps, crackles and pops in the evening? Answer: me – and probably you, too, for if there’s one food that unites infancy and extreme old age, the toothless and those defanged by time-the-devourer, then it’s breakfast cereals. Indeed, to allocate these comestibles a given slot within the daily-go-round is just asspurious as confining them to any point in the human...

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Published on May 01, 2014 01:22 • 9 views

April 30, 2014

Will Self joined the staff on the picket lines at the Brixton Ritzy cinema recently to lend his support for their campaign to be payed a Living Wage. You can watch what he had to say here, on the A Living Wage for Ritzy Staff Facebook page, and sign the petition here.

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Published on April 30, 2014 05:11 • 6 views

April 29, 2014

In Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Man of the Crowd”, the unnamed narrator chances upon a strange old man in a London tavern. Following him through the streets after closing time and then throughout the night, the narrator realises, with mounting horror, that his quarry is compelled to seek out his fellow men – the waifs and strays of the urban night – simply so he may continue to be part of the generality rather than a singular individual. The poor fellow cannot otherwise exist: he is the man o...

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Published on April 29, 2014 01:30 • 17 views

April 28, 2014

‘A bizarre trial begins on Monday at Blackfriars Crown Court. Its proceedings are predicted to last at least six weeks, and the costs — no doubt extravagant — will be largely borne by taxpayers. At the centre of this legal circus are a group of so-called “place-hackers”, people who get their kicks from gaining access to derelict, secret or otherwise off-limits parts of the city. In recent years such “urban explorers” have become increasingly bold in challenging the official demarcation of pub...

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Published on April 28, 2014 10:28 • 10 views

April 16, 2014

As this is a special technology issue of the New Statesman, I thought I’d use the opportunity to write about the new generation of hi-tech wristbands that is coming on-stream. These stylish, lightweight devices enable you to keep track of a range of bodily functions – heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and so on – while continually monitoring your physical activity so as to present you with optimal targets, updates on these and pings of various kinds when you’re lagging. Linked upto sma...

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Published on April 16, 2014 07:16 • 12 views

April 13, 2014

“Five or six times during the 11 hours Ispent at the festival, people came up and asked me what Iwas doing there, and I explained that I’d made abit of a mistake, having assumed that I was coming to areading festival, not the Reading one.”


Will Self on attending Reading Festival with his son Ivan – read the full Esquire article.

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Published on April 13, 2014 00:35 • 21 views

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