A couple of weeks ago I was writing some blurb to go with my new novel which was published a couple of weeks a go and which I am rather proud of. In it I stated that I thought that I had invented a new genre. ‘High Fantasy’ is a well known genre of literature in which a book is set in an imaginary country like Narnia or Middle Earth complete with unicorns, dragons, dwarves and any other inhabitants dreamed up by the author. ‘Low Fantasy’ is apparently what happens when I book is set on Earth involving “ nonrational happenings that are without causality or rationality because they occur in the rational world where such things are not supposed to occur” I believe that I have invented a new genre: ‘Low-life Fantasy’.
The vast majority of my book and indeed my previous novel The Blackdown Mystery (1999) is largely set in mental hospitals, and disused industrial estates, and the characters are mostly homeless, disabled, substance abusers, and/or on benefits a friend of mine read what I had written and was appalled. “In the current climate you can’t talk about people being on benefits” he said, adding that it would adversely affect my sales. I have been thinking about this ever since. And I will say this now. Some of you already know this, and some of you don’t. I am seriously ill and in receipt of two non-means tested state benefits, and whilst I can write amusing bollocks about cryptozoology or obscure rock musicians I am in no state to hold down anything approaching a proper job.
And so, another week trundles towards its end. Its been a fun week, on the whole and, once again, Jessica and I have quite a lot to show for out toiling in the potato shed. However, next week the calm voyage of our little ship is threatened by a looming iceberg.
Although I can no longer walk unaided, am in constant pain and I am as mad as a hatter I am more than slightly worried by my impending interview with the DWP doctors. Yes, next Wednesday at ten o’clock I will be up in front of the medical examination board who wish to discover whether I am a parasitic enemy of society or not. One hears all sorts of horror stories about people who are terminally ill or in an even more grievous condition then me being told that they are fit to work. I would therefore, like all you people out there in readership land to keep your fingers crossed for me next Wednesday morning, and hope sanity will prevail.
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Gonzo Weekly #152
4th Eden, David Gilmour, Pink Floyd, Hard Meat, Transmetropolitan, Patto, Steely Dan, Little Feat, Neil Young, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, Mack Moloney, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#152) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has 4th Eden on the front cover together with an interview with him inside, Doug goes to see David Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall, Jon muses on Patto and rock and roll archaeology. We review volume one of Transmetropolitan, and Xtul are back in the deep woods. Neil unearths a hidden gem, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column, C J Stone does his, and Mr Biffo has more of his regular slices of insanity from the world of Digitiser 2000, and there is a radio show from Strange Fruit, one from Friday Night Progressive and another from our latest addition to the team Mack Moloney. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons wanting a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who stayed up too late last night, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
Patto, Hard Meat, Damon Albarn, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, James Dean Bradfield, Sting, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones, Guy Garvey, Steve Hackett, ELO, Frank Zappa, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Smokin' Joe Kubek, John Russell Murphy, Steve Mackay, Carey Lander, Ronald Gordon Honeycombe, Robert Cooper Phillips, Robbin Thompson, James "Jim" Diamond, Michael Hugh Scully, Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe, Brand X, The Raz Band, Johnny Winter, Alexis Korner, 13th Floor Elevators, Nucleus, Spirits Burning, The Pirates, Martin Eve, 4th Eden, David Gilmour, John Brodie-Good, The Allman Brothers, Steely Dan, Little Feat, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Xtul, Hawkwind, Yes, Billy Sherwood, AndersonPonty Band, John Lennon, Rod Stewart, Grateful Dead, The Osbournes, Chris Bell, Tuatha de Danann
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP cover)
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