July 12, 2007

Nufer Madness

Yes, it's official, I have a new favourite author. Step forward please, Mr Doug Nufer, Seattle-based purveyor of ultra-constrained genius. I can't remember exactly how I came across it, but there's a fantastic interview with Nufer on Madinkbeard's blog and having read it, I had to get hold of one of his books.

The easiest to come across in the UK was "Negativeland," a regressive road trip following former back stroke champion Ken Honochick as he doesn't discover the meaning of life. The chapters count down from -6 to 0 and every sentence in the book contains a negative. But if you didn't know you wouldn't care. It reads brilliantly. It's sad and elegaic as well as funny and clever and it says much more about America and contemporary life in general than any novel Tom Wolfe ever wrote.

His other books include "Never Again," a 200 page text in which no word is ever repeated (and I thought I was clever when I sustained this for the full 100-odd words of a flash fiction...) and "On The Roast," in which "On The Road" is warped into the corporate memoir of a character eerily like the founder of Starbucks (and of which, Nufer reports, Harry Mathews said that it was really great that Nufer had so much time on his hands). I think there's a CD called "The Office," too, but I haven't been able to find out too much about that yet.

And, just to add the final stroke of fortuitous beauty (though probably not for Mr Nufer, who spent years trying to get his work into print), all four were published in the same year by four different publishers.

July 11, 2007

Beardless Wonder

Kindly interview posted up at 3:AM magazine by Charlotte Stretch. I think I am possibly the worst interviewee ever - setting off rattling along on an anecdote, forgetting the end of the anecdote, forgetting what the anecdote related to or why it was important, or even the basics of what anything I've written is supposed to be "about" (people don't like it, I'm told,if you say "nuffink"). So it actually could have made me out to be a lot more of a twat than it does. Praise be.

July 04, 2007

Suffolk Music

I'm a last minute addition to the bill for the Latitude Festival on Friday July 13th (hmm, yeah, okay, I only just noticed that...). Last year I was on the estimable Vox 'n' Roll ticket and this year I return with Book Slam. I have no idea what time or really exactly where, but I know I will be speaking too fast alongside child-god and stablemate Richard Milward and Brit Soul star Mpho Skeef. Lawdamercy.