Jennie Erdal's new book, Ghosting: A Memoir
details her life as a ghost writer, creating a series of blockbusting (bonkbusting?) novels (Women
, A Timeless Passion
and Of a Certain Age
to name but three), that purported to come from the publishing tycoon Naim Attallah (see interview here
). You can read two extracts from her book: The Invisible Woman
and Whose book is it anyway?
Two things via that's how it happened
: Dirty Found
magazine, which is like its sister publication, Found Magazine
, but for 'pervy Polaroids, sleazy birthday cards, raunchy to-do lists, nasty poetry on napkins, illustrations', etc. You have been warned. Also, The Things I want
, wishlist voyeurism.
We see faces in audio equipment
/ the neat dragon optical illusion
(which didn't work for us after we'd printed out and laboriously put the little critter together by ourselves...). See also the shadow sculptures, impossible objects and transformations of Shigeo Fukuda
investigates the response to rude words in ZX Spectrum text adventures (via metafilter
). Not as obscure undertaking as you might think; typing rude words into text adventures was one of the main preoccupations of pre-teen boys back in the early 1980s, and the canny programmers of the era recognised this, doling out proto-Easter Eggs
to reward the more creatively foul. Killjoys, of course, just crashed the game.
Bits and pieces. The BBC muses on GTA San Andreas
/ The DJ Never Has It, JAMC Automatic
: references to the Jesus and Mary Chain
in pop culture. Actually not hugely interesting, apart from the revelation that 'Nine Million Rainy Days was played on Episode 74
of Miami Vice
' (when 'the sudden return of a kingpin's financial wizard son sets off heated speculation throughout the Miami underworld as to why he's come back'). I prefer this page
, where Apu
extols the virtues of Cheap Trick
Lois Lane in I am curious (BLACK)!
, presumably from the era of Black Like Me
/ Iraq gets its own version of Changing Rooms
/ the monastery of Novy Dvur
, given a makeover by John Pawson
. Finally, real monks get the minimalism they'd clearly been craving.