Pan II (2012) by Fredrik Söderberg.
• “Aubade was a surprise success, selling some 5000 copies and going into a second printing and an edition published in America. Martin was immediately a minor celebrity, being interviewed for articles that couldn’t mention what his book was actually about.” Rediscovering the works of Kenneth Martin.
• “I can’t stand covers which imitate other covers, or which slavishly look like whatever their designated genre is supposed to look like.” Ace cover designer Peter Mendelsund is interviewed.
I’d decided to pay my respects in an unorthodox way, by time-travelling into the period of Thatcher’s pomp, when she occulted the light, alchemised the bad will of the populace and did her best to choke the living daylights out of the awkward, sprawling, socially coddled essence of metropolitan London. Hers was a tyranny of the suburbs operating from a position of privilege at the centre: she might have invested in a Dulwich retirement property, but she couldn’t sleep in it.
• Balzac and sex: How the French novelist used masturbation to fuel his writing process.
• At Dangerous Minds: Kenneth Williams and John Lahr discuss Joe Orton in 1978.
• Yet more Bowie: Sukhdev Sandhu reviews Ziggyology by Simon Goddard.
• In 1967 Susan Sontag made lists of her likes and dislikes.
• Stephen Sparks on fin de siècle author Marcel Schwob.
• James Turrell’s Ganzfeld Experiment.