PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: RICHARD CABUT

TELEVISION The Survivors (1975) Bewitched (‘Humans: they all look the same to me, noses to the grindstone shoulders to the wheel, feet planted firmly on the ground, no wonder they can’t fly! It’s fine for them but not for us. We are quicksilver, a fleeting shadow, a distant sound that has no boundaries through which…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: JOEL MEADOWS

TELEVISION I have always watched a lot of television. Currently finishing off Game of Thrones, which isn’t quite as compelling as it was when it started but it is still pretty good. I do try and keep up with genre shows because of the website and have watched a few episodes of DC Universe’s Doom…

Hollow Love by Paul Matts

This happened once before. When we children, I was with Leah when she had her first attack. Of amnesia. At a beautiful beach in Dorset. She couldn’t remember who her Mum and Dad were for an afternoon. It was scary. One minute we were eating ice creams on the promenade wall, the next she was…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER – ROBERT E. DUNN

  TELEVISION I’m not a big TV guy. In fact I don’t have cable or a dish—no pay service, not even internet at home except for a couple of data gigs per month on my phone. I have a small digital antenna that works for local stations unless the wind blows. That being said I…

Drivin’ with Mr D by Richard Wall

Mr D, he tells me where we gotta go. Most folks get it. They kinda nod and get in without any fuss. Those who don’t, they try to argue. Or beg. But it don’t make no difference. The end is always the same. Sitting next to Mr D, in the back seat of a 1954…

Short Story in a Song— The Kinks’ “Picture Book” by S W Lauden

After countless thousands of hours spent thinking about rock and roll, I’ve decided The Kinks are the common denominator for most of my favorite music. Something Else by The Kinks (1967) was a go-to for years, but in the past decade I’ve spent more time with their misunderstood 1968 masterpiece The Kinks Are The Village…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: ANNE BILLSON

  BOOKS Dark Entries – Robert Aickman. In 1968 I got this collection of short stories out of Croydon Library straight after seeing The Bells of Hell – an adaptation of Aickman’s Ringing the Changes in the Late Night Horror anthology series; needless to say the BBC has since wiped the tape. A Harlot High…

A Drink with Shane MacGowan

  ‘A Drink with Shane MacGowan was a new form of chat show hosted by the notorious Pogues frontman, and commissioned in the 1990s by Channel 4 arts supremo Waldemar Januszczak. However, they never broadcast this anarchic debut featuring live music, lively discussion between actors, writers, and musicians, pizza, and a fair few drinks… Featuring…

Steven Ball’s Bastard Island by Alan Savage

Like a director of some impressionistic unscripted film, Steven Ball has created what I can only describe as field poetry, with a soundscape that blurs the lines between the conscious waking world and the mystical world beyond the veil. The instrumentation is never intrusive, hinting at possibilities rather than finalities. The songs are pieced together…