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Blog entries on '26 November 2005'

Saturday 26 November 2005

Tom Tom

Early in the week, I mentioned Tom McCarthy (of the International Necronautical Society) whose first novel Remainder (Metronome Press) is getting very good notices (and that includeds an extremely positive review in the TLS this week [not online]).

Yesterday, Tom's stablemate, another Tom, Mr Tom Gidley, kindly sent me his Stunning Lofts (another of Metronome's stylish paperback series):

It is the turn of the new millenium and London has transformed into a spiralling black hole of displaced lives and speculative real estate. In this mysterious novel written by British artist Tom Gidley, we follow the story of two men inexorably drawn to the darker dimensions of the city, battling between personal success, distraught relationships, and the breakdown of urban life. In this tautly written tale that glides between these parallel existences, we witness the increasingly dysfunctional patterns of everyday life in the capital colliding with the callous opportunism of late capitalism.

Later today, Mr McCarthy will give a talk tomorrow at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver where he and Rod Dickinson will discuss their Greenwich Degree Zero exhibition (this via 3:AM).

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Saturday 26 November 2005

Finkelstein - new book and tour

Controversial writer, Norman "The Holocaust Industry" Finkelstein, is coming to the UK and Ireland for an author tour to talk about his new new book Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History (Verso).

His schedule is as follows:

Sunday 27th November 
Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, Ireland at 3-5pm 

Monday 28th November
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG at 6-8pm

Tuesday 29th November 
Glasgow University, George Williams Building at 2:30pm-4:30pm and also Edinburgh University, Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 1, Edinburgh at 7-9pm 

Thursday 1st December
Sussex University, Arts A5 lecture theatre at 1-3pm

Posted by Mark Thwaite

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