Bunya Mountains - The Bunya Mountains were a place I spent some time at last year. It was okay, but I found all that wildlife to be, well, disturbing. Don't people know that non-domesticated animals belong in cages? Still, as much as that was disturbing, what has come after it is even moreso. I speak, of course, of Rjurik Davidson's (rjurikdavidson) unrequited love towards me. I was unaware of it until recently, when Rju began expressing this love by posting a seemingly unending supply of photos of me on his blog. Some people might ask, why no photos of Kaaron Warren? Why not more photos of Andrew Macrea (andrewmacrae) or Deborah Biancotti (deborahb) or even, though he isn't nearly as good looking as me, Chris Lawson?
The answer, of course, is love. I don't mind. I'm currently writing to Rjurik requesting to borrow money.
Bullshit - What are you looking at me like that for? It begins with a B.
Benjamin, Walter - There is something about failed genius that appeals to me. At the top of my pile of failures are Orson Welles and this man, Walter Benjamin, who killed himself, quite tragically. For you see, apparently, he fled from France towards the Spanish border, getting the jump on the Nazis. In poor health, Benjamin didn't fair well, and when, at the border, he and the others were told that they could not cross, Benjamin killed himself that night. The next morning, when his body was discovered, the border guards let the others cross, for nothing says desperation more than a dead man. The true tragedy of it, however, is that had he left a few days earlier, or a few days later, he would have crossed without incident. Still, what remains is a body of work that is mostly fragments, ideas, things that could have become something truly unique. Instead, we have only shadows now.
Basquiat, Jean-Michel - "Believe it or not, I can actually draw." - Jean-Michel Basquiat
Yet, you know, I like it anyway.
Burgess, Anthony - Burgess wrote one of my favourite books, A Clockwork Orange. I absolutely hate the film. It's such a shallow thing that reminds me of bad seventies porn. I'm not quite sure how anyone thought to ban it, or why, why oh why, Kubrick didn't include anything from the final chapter. Actually, you know, now that I think about it, I'm not a huge Kubrick fan. I don't like any of his films with reservation. Still, this entry is about Burgess, but you know something, I've only read that one book. I must change this soon.
Beasts of Bourbon - My favourite album this year is, without a doubt, is Low Life, a live album released by the Beasts of Bourbon. If you don't have this, you need it.
Books - Well, this one is unsurprising, isn't it? But seriously, even now, I love the physical side of books. The weight, the feel, the whole thing. Some days, I think that if I didn't have this love, I might not be writing prose. They aren't many days, mind you, and they're usually the days when I get a really nice book.
Black Sheep - Is the name of the novel I have written and which will be published by Prime. Outside that, however, I recently heard that Ba Ba Black Sheep has been changed to Ba Ba Rainbow Sheep. So maybe I'll write a sequel called Rainbow Sheep, and in it, everyone will be happy, and multiculturalism will be embraced, and everything will be right in the world. In fact, here's the book now:
Ben Peek - My name. This is who I am known as, for better or worse, until I am forced to change it for the obvious legal reasons.
Blog - And you have been reading Ben Peek's blog.