Published May 20th 2014 by Atavist Books, my new ebook. Here's the publisher's blurb: Read more about Twice Upon a Time: Listening to New York (2014)

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A piece my G Metzger

 

 
LEAR: … what can you say to draw a third more opulent than your sisters? Speak.
CORDELIA: Nothing, my lord.
LEAR: Nothing?
CORDELIA: Nothing.
LEAR: Nothing will come of nothing, speak again.
 
[King Lear I.
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Public phone with Voicemail written over it in red marker pen.

 In June, I gave a keynote at 'Writing in the Digital Age' at the Free Word Centre in London. I spoke about how new technologies are not just changing how writers market themselves, sell books or relate to the reader, but the possibilities of fiction itself. 

Audio and slides

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Burning Book

 On Friday, over lunch, I heard the news that Salman Rushdie would not be attending the Jaipur Literature Festival. His visit had been in doubt for some time. Initially, we had been scheduled to have a conversation on stage that afternoon, but since Maulana Abul Qasim Nomani, the head of the

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skyscraper

 The Sony building stands at the corner of Madison Avenue and 56th Street in midtown Manhattan. At 197 meters, it’s a little higher than its immediate neighbours, but there are at least sixty taller buildings in the city. It is an inoffensive creamy color. At ground level there’s a spectacular

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image from fitzcarraldo herzog's

 Few film directors seem as directly present in their work as Werner Herzog. Not only does he have an instantly-recognizable aesthetic, but unlike most European auteurs of his generation, he has become a familiar face in front of the camera. We are so accustomed to seeing him – playing football

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