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Scott Pack
Scott Pack is publisher at Aardvark Bureau. He writes books and eats cake.
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July was a quiet month for me with less reading than normal. The reason? I have been writing lots of questions for Fifteen-to-One and a) that takes more time that you'd perhaps think and b) it means a lot of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Me and My Big Mouth
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I am off on holiday. These are my companions. See you when I get back. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
Martha, my daughter, has just broken up from school and was less than enamoured with the suggested reading list she was sent home with. Actually, there were some great books on there but I don't think she really wants to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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If you are going to write a novel pretty much entirely set inside an apartment block then you are going to have to accept that people are going to compare it to Life, A User's Manual. Unless, of course, they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Another June has gone by and I read some books, so I did. Delacorta - Diva Diva was one of the World Cinema classics of the 1980s. I finally got round to watching a couple of months ago. It was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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One of the things I am very keen to do with Aardvark Bureau* is find ways to celebrate books and storytelling without that always being about flogging the books that we publish. I do want to sell lots of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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I am happy to plug this writing course hosted by two mighty fine novelists. Well worth checking out if you have a work in progress or are thinking of getting your arse in gear with this writing lark. Write Words:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
And we end where we started, with the wonderful Hello Saferide. Thanks for humouring me for the past fortnight. I hope you've enjoyed some of these stories. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
Keeping the murder theme going, here is a song that was already on my list but has also been nominated by quite a few people in the past week. One last short story song tomorrow. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
I love a bit of genre fiction, me, which is why I was delighted to be reminded of this cracking crime story. Thanks to Alan Trewartha on Twitter for the suggestion. As I recall, there were a few different versions... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
Another very popular nomination for this collection of songs as stories was Bobbie Gentry's slice of Southern Gothic fiction. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
Since starting up this Songs as Stories thread I have received lots of suggestions of songs to add. Thanks to everyone who contributed here on the blog as well as on Twitter and Facebook. I will be posting some of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
This is pretty much a Raymond Carver story put to music. No, really, it is. Thanks to everyone for their recommendations of songs that make great short stories. I'll be putting up a selection of your songs throughout next week. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Story: In Borges' Library Author: Ken Kalfus Collection: Coup De Foudre I reviewed another story from this collection a little while ago and described it as Borgesian. Well, I feel justified in that comparison now that I have read this one about a madman in a library (presumably the one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
Another short story put to music. If you are ever in the mood to completely reassess the career of Hall & Oates then try their War Babies album. Delightfully bonkers. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
I can't really write a series of blog posts about songs that make great stories without including this one. It takes up one complete side of an album. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Story: No Life Author: J. Robert Lennon Collection: See You in Paradise Edward and Alison are enjoying a day in the park, watching a group of kids play in the sun. Then you discover the kids are being watched by lots of adults, couples mostly. The grown-ups start to approach... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
No better song for a Tuesday morning. No better song to prove my case that songs often make the best stories. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
It is my contention that some of the best short stories are actually songs. If you forgive them the need for a bit of repetition and a chorus, as well as the occasional rhyme, there is some splendid writing going... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Story: Pond, With Mud Author: Donald Antrim Collection: The Emerald Light in the Air An odd one, this. Intriguing and frustrating in equal measure. A poet watches his wife try on a bikini at home and is moved to verse but is interrupted by his toddler stepson who demands attention.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
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Last week the Ninagawa Company performed two plays in Japanese at the Barbican. One was Hamlet, the other was an adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Kafka on the Shore. I was honoured to be asked to write the programme notes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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I read some books this month. Here's what I thought of them. Antoine Laurain - The President's Hat Francois Mitterand leaves his hat behind after dining in a brasserie. A fellow diner picks it up and finds his luck turns... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Story: Toothache Author: Frank Sargeson Collection: The Stories of Frank Sargeson I have tried a few stories from this collection and they are all, like this one about a boy who wakes up with a toothache, very simple and direct without any attempt to embellish, with no narrative flourish. Sargeson... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories
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For many years on these pages I have been championing the work of Kent Haruf. I have described him as a poet of the precious ordinary, a writer who can capture the essence of life, of love, of a whole... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Me and My Big Mouth
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Story: Teach Yourself Tsilanti: Preface Author: Ken Kalfus Collection: Coup De Foudre What starts out as the supposed preface to a book about a forgotten language gradually morphs into a love letter to a barista at the author's local coffee shop. The Tsilanti language sounds fascinating: Tsilanti has thirty-one separate... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at Me And My Short Stories