Thursday, 13 May 2010

Monarchy/anonymous bands

Interviewed Monarchy, who I've been obsessed with for about six months, then broadened the piece out to anonymous musicians in general. Went to Hackney to interview them via a laptop link-up; I really liked them, they seemed bizarrely human. I was glad they'd made the effort.

Also got to interview Patrick Neate, something of a hero, over the phone. It was nice of him to take the call because I think his wife was just about to have a baby. We interviewed him for my student paper for the first issue of which I was editor many moons ago, just as he was breaking through. I've finished The Pregnant Widow, re-read Lolita, felt obliged to read the first two Stieg Larsson books but I think I'm going to stop persevering with things I'm not really enjoying. On the other hand, Wells Tower's short story collection is ace.

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