December 6th, 2003

Clive Barker

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I don't so much hate birthdays as find them highly uninteresting. It always seems more useful to celebrate something you've done, rather than an arbitrary appearance date. Still, this morning I got given Douglas Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach, Clive Barker's The Inhuman Condition (aka Books of Blood IV) on cassette (with music!), Apostolos Doxiadis' Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture (never heard of it, but it looks interesting), and the cutest little gargoyle ever.

I can't imagine anyone thinking that lot isn't deeply cool.

(OK, maybe I can, but there are some strange people rocking about, you know. Be alert and alarmed.)
Dark Tower


Stephen King has given his speech in acceptance of his award for a Distinguished Contribution to American Letters (he's used so many of them, for a start!)

A transcript is up, and you can listen to it on his Official site (and watch it too, if you've got a better set up than mine).

Give it a look. It's got some good points about honesty in writing, the vulnerable stages of a writer's career, doing it for the money (or not), and a plea to bridge the gap between the popular and the literary.

(Having said that, I haven't read a lot of the authors he mentions (and who's Jack Aubrey again? Oh, the Master and Commander guy) -- though I claim a lot less identification with American culture than the audience he is addressing.)