Will Self's Blog, page 3
May 14, 2014
May 7, 2014
May 5, 2014
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.