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Chris Amies

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William S Burroughs, Robert Rankin, Iain Banks, Ursula K LeGuin

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Born in Wimbledon and cast outwards by the centrifugal force of the suburbs, lived in Hammersmith and other parts of London and in four other cities three of which are second cities and three of which begin with the letter B (two come into both categories). Claim to have invented the concept of Misery Memoirs as a child, under the description "Horror Autobiography." Mine would probably be called "Tell his Mum!" (or what happens if you grow up in a close-knit community which is close-knit for everyone except you.) Have been writing since the 1980s and have two novels and about 25 stories published, and a non-fiction book about the pubs of Hammersmith and Fulham. I like riding about on my bike and also running, though as I am a deeply uncompe ...more

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Camprodon is a lovely village in the Catalan Pyrenees. Down the road from it at a place called El Ral (formerly El Reial), was one of the last known habitations of the Golluts, the so-called Lost Race of the Pyrenees. Watercolour and pen, c. 30 x 20 cm, June 2018
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Rednecks versus the Mob … you know you're in for a bloody ride when that happens. And yet for some reason - and this is not true of the original Header nor of Header 3 - it's also bloody hilarious. Follow our lovable yet varying degrees of sociopathi ...more
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Given his later fondness for WB Yeats titles Cormac McCarthy could just as readily have called this "The Blood-Dimmed Tide" (from "The Second Coming") but that is a title someone else can use. It is appropriate however - this is a Western and a Weste ...more
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Evocative and descriptive and very much under the influence of Ted Hughes, Elmet is the story of a way of life that the modern world has largely passed by - and certainly one that the metropolitan reader is not used to. It's also the story of an agri ...more
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Of course I've read it, many years ago. Still can't recall if it was there or in one of Richard Bach's stories that we encounter the Order of the Wrench ("My mind is an empty toolbox, waiting to be filled") and the webs are strangely silent on this p ...more
Flâneuse by Lauren Elkin
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Interested in Taoism, I saw this book in a railway station bookshop because the title "Not doing" is a translation of the concept of "Wu Wei" - which does indeed come up in the book, although Wu Wei is more 'instinctive action' than not doing anythin ...more
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David Foster Wallace
“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace
“Psychotics, say what you want about them, tend to make the first move.”
David Foster Wallace

Horace
“Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt.
(They change their sky, not their soul, who rush across the sea.)”
Horace, The Odes of Horace

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
“What seems most significant to me about our movement [Impressionism] is that we have freed painting from the importance of the subject. I am at liberty to paint flowers and call them flowers, without their needing to tell a story.”
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Niccolò Machiavelli
“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince




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