anti surrealism

The naive, the unconstructed, the accidental ghost. The ghost from the faded polaroid found in a shoebox of letters from someone else’s life. Things that might not be there; things that have no existence other than possibly not being there; things that can only have your attention drawn to them. Reading should be as close as possible to discovering those letters and seeing something in them that might not be there. The writer should offer the shoebox, or better still the stall at the flea market on which the shoebox might be found. I’m not interested in any other way of writing anyway.


Filed under ghosts, writing

serge et jane


1 Comment

March 31, 2014 · 3:43 pm

on the beach at the ambiente hotel

I’m working quite hard on something for the next few days. If you’re bored coming here to run the same old sand through your fingers in hopes of a nugget of attractive sea worn glass only to find the same old ringpulls from the same old cans etc etc, you could go and look at these two videos from Arc magazine instead: and Who knows, there might be something entertaining there, even if it’s only the weird background noise. Various issues of Arc magazine itself have: the first of the Autotelia stories, “In Autotelia” (the second of which, “Cave & Julia” can be found at the Kindle store), along with cheap nonfictional shots at the heritage industry, the publicity of science and (forthcoming) the future. Oh, and a review of J Robert Lennon’s Familiar, which I quite enjoyed.


Filed under writing

the mystery book

one day– you were 13– a mysterious book with no dust jacket appeared on the shelves of the local library– no blurb no author’s name no title on the spine– between covers that weren’t any color at all– you read it & have been looking out for it since in everything else you read or watch or listen for– in everything that’s invented & everything that isn’t– you’ve been trying to write it into existence again– that was the Robert Johnson moment in your life– everyone’s had one.


Filed under writing

quote of the week

“If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it’s uncanny how it will now get on your nerves.” –Sandra Newman.

Comments Off

Filed under lost & found, uncategorizable



March 20, 2014 · 1:32 pm


tor physics without the wow factor chocolate without the wow factor pink without the wow factor politics without the wow factor fashion without the wow factor statistics without the wow factor music without the wow factor water without the wow factor fear without the wow factor hunger without the wow factor disease without the wow factor desperation without the wow factor death without the wow factor cat pics without the wow factor identity without the wow factor hands without the wow factor accidental abdominal transections without the wow factor wow without the wow factor oh wow max the factor oh wow how factor is that such wo


Filed under o wow how cool is that