February 19th, 2007


He Went to the University and Returned

And so I handed in the library bound copy of my thesis and graduation is in May, apparently.

The book in this photo is just my personal copy of the whole the piece of work that I produced over the four years I was in the course, and it is substantially different to the one I handed in. The copy of A Year in the City that I have is thirty thousand words longer, contains a different final chapter, and no longer contains the autobiographical element that I used much more successfully in 26Lies. In short, I have the final copy, and the University Library gets a version a draft or so earlier, which is what I subbed for the doctorate (I always knew I'd have to rip some of the content out--one of the advantages to doing a mosaic novel, I guess). Finding the thesis will be a bit like finding Neanderthal bones for any researcher who wants to write about my work, which is an amazingly fucked up thing to think, but I don't expect that to ever happen. I just can't imagine any other reason why someone would read it.

While I was there I ran into a guy I knew, and who finished his PhD a few years before me. We got to talking about work and, in particular, academic work, and he said, "Yeah, I had one job interview last year."

Don't you wish you had a doctorate?


A review of 'theleeharveyoswaldband' on ASif--

"This is a remarkable story. More than a little twisted, too. Written from two perspectives - distinguished by their formatting - it tells the story of Lee Brown, a musician who becomes famous thanks to one of his gigs being bootlegged and uploaded to a blog. There are touches of Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain and Elvis here, along with Lily Allen and the rest of the MySpace crew. It’s chilling, and touching, and creepy, and absorbing."


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26Lies Review

26Lies has been given a really positive review by Ben Payne (benpayne) at ASif

26 Lies is not a dogmatic work... At times the entries seem to argue that as a society we must have some recourse to truth, while at other times the emotional power of “fictional” events seems to contradict this, to sucker us into identification and investments (experiences, in a sense) which cannot simply be dispersed or dissolved by suggestions of falsehood.

Every reader will no doubt emerge from this novel with different impressions. Indeed, it is a book which lends itself to enjoyable arguments over interpretation.

What I got from it is this: that truth matters when it matters, and doesn’t when it doesn’t. And that each of us must find our own path as to where that distinction lies. 26 Lies, 1 Truth is an intelligent, playful, funny, challenging, thoughtful and deeply moving work. It is a book filled with outrageous lies. And it is a book filled with truth.

But why should you take my word for it? Read it for yourself.

Buy it at Amazon, buy it at Wheatland Press.