Why didn't I discover Uncle Mort years ago? My introduction has been very recent, through accidental exposure via BBC7 in the wee small hours. I was suprised to read that these were recorded over a decade ago, as the work sounds utterly contemporary.
This 5CD set will keep me entertained for years. A slight caveat here is that Mort is one of those sublime creations capable of taking up residency in one's noodle; one finding oneself quoting him internally in response to one's own doings. Really, it's that good. Multi-dimensional, textured, deep, very funny... even beautiful. The writing, as has already been noted, is a joy. Language is used with tremendous power; both in the narrator's bardic evocations of scene and in Uncle Mort's blistering rants.
It's clever and highly original, but instantly accessable and doesn't shout "ART". Recommended to anyone.