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June 30th, 2007

Ross Temple (threemonkeys) read 26lies and wrote,

I'm struck by the similarities between Ben Peek and Clive James. There is a certain physical similarity, a similar background in Sydney and both are too smart for their own good. Both have written autobiographies where truth becomes a slippery concept. In James' case he described it as "unreliable memoir". For Ben Peek, it is less and more than that and it is called twenty-six lies/one truth. A series of dictionary like entries derived from a blog meme. It tells a personal story, an autobiography and plays with the concepts of truth in literature. I really wish I had one of those "I hate Ben Peek" buttons. That way when people ask why I am wearing it, I can say that I don't hate his work at all and that you should be read it. To tell you the truth, I am a little surprised that I feel that way, but there you go.


I wonder if I can get James to endorse the book?

Actually, as an aside, I quite liked the first of James' autobiographies, Unreliable Memoirs. I always meant to read the rest, but never did.

Buy it from Wheatland Press, Amazon, and if you're in Australia, Agog! Press.

The Gift

This morning someone upgraded my livejournal account here to permanent one, but did so anonymously. It was a generous and lovely thing, but I can't thank you if you're anonymous, so either toss me an email at benpeek at livejournal.com or leave a message here, so I can.

Thanks.