Photos taken this evening.
NEWS TODAY: My complete detailed review of MR. GAUNT by John Langan HERE.
My involvement in a discussion on the BFS forum about BFS / BSFA HERE. [Congratulations again to Nina Allan for the BSFA best novella award for SPIN - TTA Press (my real-time review here) and to all other BSFA award winners.]
I’ve got another long distance shot this time with people on it and an apparent memorial site nearby…
NEWS: Congratulations to Nina Allan for the BSFA best novella award for SPIN – TTA Press (my real-time review here) and to all other BSFA award winners.
Someone said something nice last night about my work here.
Photos taken this morning.
NEWS: Started my promised real-time review of MR. GAUNT AND OTHER UNEASY ENCOUNTERS by John Langan: http://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/mr-gaunt-and-other-uneasy-encounters/
Just established a link between Alasdair Gray’s stories and TRISTRAM SHANDY by Laurence Sterne: http://cernzoo.wordpress.com/269-2/
Proud my MAN OF BONE AND FAME has been commissioned for THE REVELATOR Vol. 138 No. 1 (The Bookworm Issue) and now can be read: http://revelatormagazine.com/issue/special-bookworm-issue/
Photos taken this evening:
NEWS: Very pleased to report that I have a story in THE REVELATOR Vol. 138 No.1
The Bookworm Issue
A selection for an optimum book anthology containing short fiction that came to my attention as a result of my real-time reviewing since 2008:
Flowers of the Sea – Reggie Oliver
The Bellman – Colin Insole
Nights at the Regal – Jason Gould
Dying In The Arms of Jean Harlow – Paul Meloy
The Sleep Mask – Joel Lane
The Quixote Candidate – Rhys Hughes
Cyprian’s Room – Frances Oliver
People on the Island – T.M. Wright
A House by the Ocean – Steve Rasnic Tem
The Hareton K-12 County School and Adult Extension – James Van Pelt
Sleepers – Christopher Harman
The Shallows – John Langan
Sado-ga-Shima – Quentin S Crisp
The Tower of Moab – L.A. Lewis
The Vanishing Life and Films of Emmanuel Escobada – Anonymous
Caveat: The first and last were published by my Megazanthus imprint.
Tomorrow such a selection may change.
Today’s photo taken this morning:
NEWS: A new Megazanthus Press book (details at the top here).
Today’s photo taken this morning:
NEWS: Substantial article on Chômu Press: http://www.schlockmagazine.net/2014/04/15/schlock-talks-chomu-press/
Clacton Pavilion: April 2014
Clacton Pavilion: 2006
What do these writers have in common?
Yumiko Kurahashi, James Joyce, Hitomi Kanehara, Djuna Barnes, D.F. Lewis, Can Xue, Gerald Murnane, Cordwainer Smith, Denton Welch, etc. Answer here.
Judge the Obscure here.
‘I ONLY BUY BOOKS I KNOW I WILL LIKE’
All my Real-Time Reviews from 2008 are listed and linked for your on-line reading pleasure here and continuation page here.
Also available in print:
Available signed by DFL
2014: An author always appreciates a reviewer who is able to read deeply enough in the text to evaluate the plot, the style, and all the other things that constitute the finality of what is finally here, or there, — between an appreciation of the structure of the book, its design, the binding, the production. Des does a remarkable job in his Gestalt approach to “feel” each part of a book as he reads it, and to provide evaluation and reaction, without giving away the answers to questions that a reader must encounter as he or she reads through what is hoped to be a flowing text until it concludes.
Other reactions HERE.
“Books I’m led to by other books, strings of books, excitation nodes.” – Melanie Tem (from her story ‘Singularity’)
Stevie Walsh here
on 6 Apr 14: “To connect with the physical reality of the art form is an act of communing with the creator for me – and that demands respect and a certain amount of physical interaction. That is my firmly held belief!”
Any unlikely profits from my own literary works or from multi-authored anthologies I have published are re-invested in purchasing other authors’ physical books for this gestalt real-time reviewing project, but mainly these purchases are financed by my own retirement pension: part of which is available as pocket money for buying books as a reading hobby.
I only buy books I instinctively know I shall enjoy reading and reviewing. I do not accept review copies.
I attended another wonderful concert by the Clacton Choral Society in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, yesterday evening. [My previous comments on their performances here and here.]
There was just one work, Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe Solennelle’ in the original version.
Joining the choir were Laura Pooley (soprano), Elaine Henson (contralto), Daniel Joy (tenor), Peter Grevatt (bass), Peter Thorne (piano), Stephen Smith (harmonium).
Conducted by Peter Kenvyn Jones.
This is a large work lasting well over an hour. I have listened to it with enjoyment over many years on various recordings and was so very pleased, at last, to be able to attend a live performance. I shall never forget first listening to it and admiring an ostensibly sacred work with (to my innocent ear) a quirkily modernistic sensibility despite being composed in the mid 19th century.
I have long been a pure listener of classical music but without too much knowledge of its technicalities or of its historical context. And this work truly came alive for me yesterday as a special aural experience, combining the time and place of an unique moment. The arduous as well as inspired playing of the piano (often in an engagingly Glass-like minimalist style) beautifully complemented the singing. The excellent soloists enhanced the aura of aria as if from a Rossini opera like Barber of Seville, as well as simultaneously or separately fulfilling the appropriate religious nature of the music and its church setting. The choir was, as ever, in my view, particularly mellifluous. And the harmonium – while adding an uncanny depth alongside the piano – also had its own puckishly melodic solo of some length.
The whole experience, for me, was sacred but also dreamlike with an oblique aesthetic: an indefinable ingredient that the audience no doubt took away with them, each with their personal bespoke memory of this highly successful concert.
…to replace the Helter Skelter that was blown over in the St Jude Storm?
Just published Volume 15 of my Gestalt Real-Time Reviews for those who need these crystallised in print with my signature:
My real-time review of EVERY SHORT STORY (1951-2012) by Alasdair Gray: http://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/every-short-story-1951-2012-by-alasdair-gray/
I am also continuing my ‘two a day’ reviews of 330 flash fictions and fables by Rhys Hughes here http://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/flash-in-the-pantheon-rhys-hughes/ and here http://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/rhysops-fables-rhys-hughes/
I think literature is bigger than all of us, bigger than the people who write it. I have discovered this through nearly six years of the real-time reviewing process of tree books.
This was finally proved yesterday at the ‘flourish’ finish of my real-time review of ‘Tristram Shandy’ by Laurence Sterne.
My new thingie: ‘Wandering Star’: http://weirdmonger.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/wandering-star.html
This Gestalt Real-Time Review Dreamcatcher started HERE a few days ago.