Words In Progress

May 17, 2010

Yesterday I spoke at Words In Progress, an event convened by Hannah Gregory, of Vertigo of the Modern, and Monster Emporium Press. There was much goodness there, from such fine folk as Ambit, CB Editions, antepress, Strange Attractor and Zero Books—the latter represented by Nina Power of Infinite Thought, whose book One Dimensional Woman is worth your time.


My favourite work, however, was by David Rule from or-bits, whose obsessional diarising over six months produced a five volume, barely edited memoir, and who turns his and his friends’ half-remembered stories into brightly-coloured A4 pamphlets.

One of these single-issue reminiscences bears as its title a Google Street view link—the key to the story, but the uncovering of which requires the reader to type in a long string of near-random characters, which I described as an old-style programming exercise or computer game cheat code, and David described as a journey—long, frustrating, fraught with human error, but ultimately revelatory. I like.



  1. I’m still in shock from seeing the word “bibliocaust” below….

    Comment by Shelley — May 18, 2010 @ 5:32 pm

  2. thanks James, it was great to have you there.

    Comment by mira — May 31, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

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