My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Life is absurd – but divinely absurd.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Anthony in Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Falstaff - appalling in every way but impossible to hate
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. To wish to be someone else is a terrible modern form of despair.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. The dangerous contact sport, reading
May 10, 2010FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE GREAT BRITISH PUBLIC
I never thought I’d say this but I’m suddenly in love with the binge-drinking, celebrity-worshipping, bigoted, snobbish, xenophobic Great British Public. I take my hat off to Jason Pitbull, Sharon Happy Hour and Mr and Mrs Salubrious Outer Suburb for their unique achievement on May 6th. They rejected apathy by turning out in greater numbers than before and conformity by refusing to follow any pattern or wholeheartedly endorse any party. They rejected racists, nationalists and celebrities. They kicked out Jacqui Smith, the hypocrite who tried to pass puritanical sex laws while her husband... see more
March 22, 2010BEYOND ABSURDITY
When The Age of Absurdity appeared I hoped that the world would give me a break and stop being absurd for a while but of course it has carried right on and in heartbreaking ways that would have been perfect for the book.
For instance, an efficient new way to update your friends is via the Withings wi-fi bathroom scales that do not just provide a weight reading but instantly tweet this to your social network. Many other such labour-saving communicators will surely follow. Without even leaving the bathroom, how about a wi-fi toilet that first murmurs, thank you for your input, then analyses the day’s... see more