Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer: Jaka Tomc

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BOOKS

I love reading almost as much as I love writing. I rarely read a book in one sitting, because I like pauses between chapters. Sometimes they last a cigarette, sometimes a week. I like reading books that haven’t been read by many people. I feel special when I do it.

There are some books that deserve to be mentioned. Maybe you’ll like them as well, maybe you won’t like them at all, but that’s life. Here they are in no particular order …

Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke

Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

On Writing – Stephen King

The Test – Sylvain Neuvel

Sea of Rust – C. Robert Cargill

How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis

The Murderbot Diaries (series) – Martha Wells

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Replay – Ken Grimwood

A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore

MOVIES

Movies are fun! Usually they take less brain power, compared to reading a book. That being said, I’m still waiting for a movie that would surpass its written predecessor.

There are a lot of great movies out there. Here are some that touched me the most …

Stargate

Amelie

Garden State

Pulp Fiction

Love Actually

Life of Brian

Fight Club

No Country for Old Men

Cidade de Deus

American History X

Full Metal Jacket

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Amores Perros

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Mulholland Drive

MUSIC

In the last years music is my loyal companion when it comes to writing. I tried writing in silence, writing in pubs and other crowded places, but nothing compares to writing while listening to music.

Here are some of my favorite tunes that get my brain cells going and my imagination flowing …  

Drum and Bass mixes (no lyrics, just beat that puts me in a special writing mood)

System of a Down – Toxicity

Interstellar OST

Amelie OST

Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin

The Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings

Big Black Delta – Hugging and Kissing

The National – About Today

Daft Punk – Instant Crush

Hozier – Movement

Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness

Angus & Julia Stone – Chateau

PLACES

I like to travel, but I don’t like flying. That doesn’t mean I never flew. But lately I’m trying to avoid it and travel by ground transportation.

Of course I have some favorite places on our beautiful planet. Here we go …

Arles – France

Aiuges-Mortes – France

Montpellier – France

Vinales – Cuba

Santa Clara – Cuba

Pune – India

Siena – Italy

San Gimigniano – Italy

Taormina – Italy

Marrakesh – Morocco

Amsterdam – Netherlands

Barcelona – Spain

(I conclude my list with the place I always come back to)

Ljubljana – Slovenia 

BIO: Jaka Tomc started writing at the age of four. He tried to write his first novel soon after but was too occupied with other kids’ activities. He loved writing essays and stories in school. However, it took him many years to gain courage to write and publish his first novel. In his first interview he said that he’s going to sell more books in Slovenia than Dan Brown. The challenge remains. His sixth book was translated to English and published under the title 720 Heartbeats. It won a Breakthrough Fiction Award in Thriller/Suspense category. Jaka believes that his next book will be his best work.

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Not Guilty! Alibi 2018, September 28th – 30th by Renato Bratkovič

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Nothing surprises us anymore. Populism and fake news “prove” the world we knew will collapse any time. Migrants are not trying to escape heartless business models conceived by greedy arms dealers, they’re here to steal our jobs, rape our women and cut our heads off. Gay people lurk around every corner and threaten to infect our children who’ll also become homosexual. Right now, lizards are taking over the planet. And, yeah, the Earth is flat…

That’s what you can find out in the most reliable sources of social media. But here and there you can still find people who search for answers in literature. Answers about real life. Answers about people you’d never want to meet, but you empathize with anyway. About people who jeopardize everything to reach their goals, although you can tell from the start they’re not going to reach them. About people like … you and me.

So, another Alibi is over, another bunch of awesome people, not to talk about food and drink and what stories came out at the end.

This year we were kind of Balkan-themed: Johnny Shaw was in Croatia when we first talked about Alibi in January, Anamaria Ionescu is from Romania, and Marko Popovič & Robert Perišić, well we share the country that doesn’t exist anymore. And we represent Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia in the BalkaNoir anthology published by Greek publisher Kastaniotis Editions.

For me, Alibi means having an alibi for three days of shameless eating and drinking … And writing, of course, the third day means reading what you wrote in front of an audience. Check it out.

Again a group of fine people got together ― I’m not sure whether I have such luck in picking just the right people or is just every crime and noir writer a wonderful person?

Again some fine stories came out of the mix of hard work, earthly pleasures and mutual inspiration. Find them here.

In two years, a very special thing is going to happen: all the writers will get together again and celebrate the Alibi Anthology, where all the stories from 2015 to 2019 are published together.

PS: If you’re at Frankfurt Book Fair, visit the panel on Balkan Noir where I’m one of the speakers.