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Month: July 2014

Novel-gazing

Novel-gazing

This has annoyed me*. With publishing in a terrible state, Penguin US have seen fit to commission a ‘conceptual artist’ called Cory Arcangel (funny way to spell ‘Nathan Barley’, but there you go) to ‘carefully curate’ a book of tweets where people talk about working on their novel. All, presumably, people who would love an in at Penguin US. Arcangel gets his name on the front, despite having written none of the contents. His sole contribution to the book appears…

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Not Keane

Not Keane

Last night, BBC News showed an aeroplane seat in a field, with the dead occupant’s hand visible. Just in case you hadn’t grasped that actual human beings had died when MH17 was shot down. Then some soft toys, in case you’d missed that some of them were children. Maybe the point was to show that the debris was there for anyone to film or tamper with, which is a very valid concern, but a skilled journalist would have found some…

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