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Blog entries on '25 July 2005'

Monday 25 July 2005


  • Short Term Memory Loss on fanzines and on Tom Phillips
  • BookWorld still ruminating on Moo Pak
  • More, from Sam, on BS Johnson
  • Happy birthday Four-Eyed Bitch
  • Posted by Mark Thwaite

    Monday 25 July 2005

    Songs of Green Pheasant

    Fat Cat Records have sent on Songs of Green Pheasant's remarkably good eponymous CD. Not out until September (sorry!), but this is certainly one to keep your ears alert for ... lovely New Folk stuff: some Nick Drake and Ben Watt (when he was pretending to be Nick Drake, before Everything But The Girl, on North Marine Drive) mixed with a bit a Flying Saucer Attack. Nice.

    Posted by Mark Thwaite

    Monday 25 July 2005

    Defining literary fiction

    [Apologies for lack of posting - much fun this (long) weekend at Manchester's Futuresonic 2005 ...]

    Hold That Thought! (a blog dedicated to "pseudo-philosophical musings"), considers Steve's excellent post on defining literary fiction. HTT! quotes Steve, as I will too, when he writes:

    I shall myself evade defining literary fiction right now. Let this entire blog stand for that endeavour. I will say this though: when I read a novel, it's not IQ and general knowledge I seek or admire, it isn't elegant prose, fiendish plots or psychological realism. It's not even entertainment. I seek an engagement at the deepest level. It’s not always the most comfortable of experiences, and if I had any intelligence maybe I'd avoid it by getting lost in some genre fiction.

    Emailing a dear friend last week, I wrote that, "I don't love books: I sit here, surrounded by them, vexed, troubled ... undone."

    Posted by Mark Thwaite

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