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September
September
by Quentin S. Crisp
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sunlight through branches, through net curtains, 29 May 2016
This review is from: September (Paperback)
Quentin S. Crisp wrote at least one tanka (an ancient Japanese poetic form, a five line stanza with a syllable count of 5-7-5-7-7) each morning in September 2015. The result is a diary of glimpsed impressions and philosophical aphorisms, casting brief illumination like the 'komorebi' image in Japanese poems (translation: 'sunlight through branches' - to which Crisp adds 'through net curtains' on his poem for 11/9/2015).
Crisp makes the form his own; the stanzas are separate but interlinked, with motifs and themes returning reconsidered throughout the collection. Overall there's a feeling of progression and transformation despite these repetitions. It's as if Quentin's asking if there's a point to all this, and finding the answer within the fact that he's asking the question at all. So thoughts of death and futility create a self-deprecating humour, grumpy rants about the slogans used to silence debate become wider questions on the idea of meaning, and details of overheard conversations, glimpsed vistas, and remembered songs and books are knitted together into a celebration of the meaningfulness of it all:

There are so many
Things I want to do with you.
Buy a takeaway
From the Fortune Star on the
Erith Road. So many things


All God's Angels, Beware!
All God's Angels, Beware!
by Quentin S. Crisp
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.00

5.0 out of 5 stars I wholly recommend this book, 25 Jun. 2015
Quentin S Crisp well-deserves the accolades he often gets from fellow writers. Both as a writer and as a publisher (running Chomu Press) he consistently strives to create fascinating, original literature. I wholly recommend this book; the cover is beautiful too.


The Divine Comedy (Classics of World Literature)
The Divine Comedy (Classics of World Literature)
by Dante Alighieri
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars incredible book, terrible edition, 8 Aug. 2012
The Divine Comedy should be read by everyone; it's stunning poetry, documents a unique political turmoil and has a spirituality all of its own. But these Wordsworth Classics are pretty suspect. They aren't Forestry standard assured, which makes me suspicious of how they can be so cheap - plus, despite the great choice of cover image, they're ugly, awkward books with a disposable feel. Do yourself a favour and buy the Everyman edition; value good books by getting better editions.


Dadaoism: An Anthology
Dadaoism: An Anthology
by Reggie Oliver
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book of 2012 so far, 2 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Dadaoism: An Anthology (Paperback)
Chomu Press is an extraordinary achievement in itself, delivering new and unique writing of the highest quality alongside beautiful design, and somehow unifying some of the strangest, most diversely talented contemporary writing I've read within an overarching aesthetic that's as addictive as it is undefinable. The Dadaoism anthology is my favourite book of theirs so far. The quality of the writing is so uniformly good, despite the diversity of styles on offer; this combined with the collection's sense of experimentation in both form and style makes Dadaoism exciting as well as entertaining.

As I review books for a couple of publications, I've read a lot of new books this year - many by established authors which are bound to be bestsellers - but, as it stands, this has to be my book of the year. I would recommend it to anyone who valued inventive and compelling writing.


Hate: My Life in the British Far Right
Hate: My Life in the British Far Right
by Matthew Collins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

9 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an important book, 28 Nov. 2011
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The teenaged Matthew Collins was an angry misfit, suffering sexual frustration, early signs of alcoholism and a general sense of alienation and disempowerment. He was also about a hundred times more intelligent, sensitive and sane than the crowd he mixed with: the Far Right of the 70s and 80s, the architects and predecessors of rise of the organised, PR-heavy BNP and EDL of the last decade. Collins' essential humanity led to him working as a mole for the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, later taking a leading role in the HOPE not hate campaign that ensured the BNP never saw the political success they had been forecast.

It's not always an easy read, requiring an attentive reader to enter a world that they (if they're lucky) know very little about. It's also disturbing, sometimes disgusting. But it is also important, not only as a reminder of the stupidity and brutality of the far right, but also as a warning about how extremism can provide a sense of identity for people who feel they have nothing else.


Will Self Destruct
Will Self Destruct
Price: £11.36

5.0 out of 5 stars why has no one heard of this band?, 26 Nov. 2007
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This review is from: Will Self Destruct (Audio CD)
This is a really great album. A band that you can compare to Pavement, but you wouldn't consider to be doing the same thing at all.


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