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The Impotence of Being Nearest Book Tour

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Caps, Lats, Traps and Bitch Tits

The San Gorgonio Pass marks the beginning of Coachella Valley. The San Bernardino Mountains to the north of Interstate 10 are draped into stream canyons. To the south, the San Jacinto range, luminescent with schist, looks like mounds of fire … Continue reading

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Weather for the High Stool

I’ve never come across such a deserted place as Bridgend on the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday Tuesday.  Here’s a photograph of Wyndham Street: I had dinner at Natraj Tandoori – the only restaurant that was open. Afterwards, I walked all … Continue reading

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Heading to England

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Publicity week

The Pogues flew back to London last Friday.  Since then, I’ve been doing publicity for the book.  First it was the Laugharne Weekend in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, where Dylan Thomas lived, in the boathouse.  His writing shed (with a tatty woollen … Continue reading

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Uncle Tom Cobley and the Lash – March 17th

I don’t know how many bands have taken up playing, on St Patrick’s Day night, from beginning to end, Rum Sodomy and the Lash, the record we made in 1985, produced by Elvis Costello. In years past, Decemberists’ splinter group KMRIA (short for Kiss … Continue reading

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Hey Ho

NOT PART OF ‘HERE COMES EVERYBODY’ BUT STILL Strings reminiscent of Bobby Goldsboro’s “Summer (the First Time)” Human whistling (from the halls of Slade Art School and an empty flat in Bolton) Clown at the end of Twelfth Night: A … Continue reading

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Laugharne Weekend

I’ve been invited to join the likes of, so far, Simon Armitage, Howard Marks, Cerys Matthews, Robin Williamson, Simon Day and Robin Ince at the Laugharne Weekend which takes place the weekend 13-15th April in Camarthenshire, on the estuary of … Continue reading

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The Thought Fox

I was asked to write 500 words for Faber and Faber’s blog, The Thought Fox .  The brief from my editor was, ‘perhaps if you have time (and inclination) you could write a little piece about the experience of being edited, and proofing, … Continue reading

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Memoir

The cover design The memoir is coming out in the UK at the beginning of May.  I’m in the proofreading stage at the minute.  By way of illustration of this part of the process, here’s a bit from Mary Shelley’s … Continue reading

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