Games

'Poetry is the one thing that isn't contaminated, the one thing that isn't part of the game.' Roberto Bolano Years ago, I knew someone with ambitions to be a writer. Like many of us, this friend - let's call him Felix -┬ábrimmed with curiosity and youthful ambition, and, as Fitzgerald writes of a novelist character … Continue reading Games

Terminal Realism: Kathy Acker and William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard and Zadie Smith

'The writer's task is to invent reality.' J.G. Ballard. On a recent trip to Heathrow, I travelled along the Westway. It's been a few years since I headed out on that road, not since a friend of mine passed his driving test and we made a specific trip out west with Low by David Bowie … Continue reading Terminal Realism: Kathy Acker and William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard and Zadie Smith