Hi. How are you? It's been a while.
What's been going on? Not a lot, in the scheme of things.
Re-reading Viv Albertine's 'Clothes Music Boys' (incidentally, I always love that 'boys' is at the bottom of that list - quite right), and listening to her 'The Vermillion Border' A LOT. Basically, I love Viv Albertine very, very deeply. She is always great for life advice and general inspiration. Did I mention I love her?
I have also - slowly, carefully - reread Tracey Emin's 'Strangeland', for the first time in a long time. I also really love Tracey, but in a different way. I think she's one of my favourite artists because she is so much about words. Powerful words. Words like fucking grenades. But also incredibly beautiful. I once nearly passed out with vicarious raw emotion at one of her video pieces in the Hayward Gallery. True story. It's how she makes me feel. I can't read that book very often, but when I do it's an experience. I want to go back to Margate. And to Turkey.
I went to the launch party for Chris Russell's 'Songs About Us', the sequel to his 'Songs About A Girl'. Now it's probably no secret that I enjoy teenage books involving girls, bands, music, romance and drama... so, obviously, it's a yes from me. It was a lovely party, in a great pub called the Cat's Back that was like a cosy living room in a really cool house. I can't wait to read the book.
Other than that... trying to stay on the straight and narrow, working hard and not getting enough done, feeling lazy but not getting enough sleep, trying to get out into the sunshine and fresh air, dreaming of impossible things. Keep on keeping on, comrades.