Thursday, 30th November, 2006
Archive for November, 2006
Wednesday, 29th November, 2006
Redell Olsen and Piers Hugill are both reading at this event tonight. Emily Critchley, whose work I am only familiar with through the current issue of HOW2, is also reading. Should be a good one!
Tuesday, 28th November, 2006
Monday, 27th November, 2006
Click here to watch some very smug people from Birmingham smirk at each other for being so very clever. It’s the Complaints Choir of Birmingham, and they do precisely what you might expect – complain, in song. Yet this seems to be a decent idea half-baked and poured with such a degree of self-satisfaction that it’s unbearable to watch from start to finish.
Firstly, no actual effort to sing properly. This would have hiked up the credibility of such a concept. Instead, this becomes a lazy parody. ‘Look at us! We’re infusing the mundane into something highbrow!’
Secondly, no effort to write a decent tune nor write decent words through which to articulate the complaints.
Thirdly, even the complaints themselves are woolly. One song covers bus conductors, general PC crashes (the computer, not the police), general rubbish about Birmingham not being as nice as it used to be. Newsflash: it was never nice to begin with.
All of this drenched in the kind of ironic knowing wink which tells me these people find themselves hilarious for such an ironic gesture!
What about a seriously, well-crafted hymn opposing a piece of planning permission? Something specific, with real themes, real concerns? None of this “the traffic’s always terrible”-style bullshit.
Here’s how they could have done it, and I know which I prefer. Man, funk dat.
Friday, 24th November, 2006
Thursday, 23rd November, 2006
Military superjig one
burly Hodgson step one
paco trot regular ass become one
white noise new guilty
Wednesday, 22nd November, 2006
Can anyone understand what the Frenchman is saying?
Tuesday, 21st November, 2006
Thursday, 16th November, 2006
I guessed before she died too early for our reading
mathematic composition – generative power? – fixture verse?
Pain from guesswork sure
Tuesday, 14th November, 2006