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OK. I worked on something all summer, every day. As I said before, Starbucks, Tottenham Court Road, 3-5 pm. Everyday. I am dissatisfied with it, and so it has died. Or been killed. It was to be a sort of novel, a novel composed of single page tearouts from “other novels,” chronicling something like the soon to arrive decline and fall of the nation of my birth. Whatever. I’m going to start something new. Eventually. Maybe tonight. Probably not tonight but maybe tomorrow.

But here, for your edification and entertainment, are the first 25 pages of the thing. Maybe I’ll post more later – we’ll see. Yes, the blank pages are intentional. That’s just the point. And some of it already seems a bit anachronistic, given the (fuckit, yay!) even more rapid descent of things than I expected.

But the general themes are adswithoutproductsy. So here it is:


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October 15, 2008 at 11:49 pm

Posted in america, collapse, fiction, me, meta

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  1. It’s bloody good. The problem was that it didn’t seem to be going anywhere – it needed a chronology of sorts to focus it.

    John A

    October 16, 2008 at 7:16 pm

  2. John,

    Thanks! Very nice of you to say.

    I know what you mean about chronology. As it proceeds further, events get a bit more pitched, shaped… Maybe I’ll post more soon!


    October 16, 2008 at 10:58 pm

  3. I really enjoyed that, it was wonderful.

    I felt a growing sense of urgency as I read on, was dreading each turn of the page because I knew I only had 25.

    Please post more soon. Pretty please.

    M Ng

    October 17, 2008 at 3:10 pm

  4. I am seaching for some idea to write in my blog… somehow come to your blog. best of luck. Eugene


    October 22, 2008 at 6:02 pm

  5. well done
    maybe it was the starbucks coffee but the style was fittingly anxious
    in australia we do not admit to drinking starbucks


    November 25, 2008 at 12:34 pm

  6. […] of you might have taken a look at my strange, unfinished little dystopian fiction, part of which I posted for you to download a few weeks ago. Well, this is, in a sense, just the sort of thing I was anticipating and trying to render… […]

  7. […] Now, I’ll cop to the fact that I’ve been trying to write novels for a long, long time. I don’t – as a rule, so far anyway – send them out because I’m never really satisfied with them. (Or maybe it’s because my parents didn’t congratulate me the day the acceptance letter came from Yale. Who knows…) I do try awfully hard, hard enough to drive me a bit bit off-kilter, but I’ll probably work it out one day soon once the academic work recedes (ha!) a bit. Anyhow, I’ve basically followed the trajectory in my own halting work from the literary frame (that is to say, heavily interiorized stuff having to do, in Kunkel’s phrase, with the “moral imagination,” etc) toward dystopian or catastropic stuff. (One last time, there’s an abortive start to something I worked on this summer here…) […]

  8. […] when I look back at that thing I wrote last summer, part of which I posted here, I can see very clearly the evidence of the bad effect that blogthink has had on my work, or at […]

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