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Presque vu XXXXVIIII

For St Patrick’s Day MA Peel mused:

I met a psychiatrist once who believed that the national Irish affinity for drinking was a product of centuries of oppression/emasculation by the British.

The post goes on to review the film Kings from Tom Collins, and the play The Seafarer, by Conor McPherson


When The Cat Kin didn’t sell enough copies, Faber decided not to publish the sequel, so Nick Green, the author, went on to publish Cat’s Paw as a print-on-demand volume through Lulu.
Now The Cat Kin is shortlisted for the Bolton Children’s Book Award and the Sefton Super-Reads Book Award.
In her Guardian blog, Ann Giles wonders how a book as good as The Cat Kin could suffer from poor sales. What kind of marketing support did the publisher give it?

Certainly, I’d never heard of it, or seen it in any shops, until a book blogger friend alerted me both to the book and the fate of its sequel. I checked on Amazon, as I always do, and followed it by googling Nick Green to find out what’s what. An intelligently put together website is always a plus, and he also writes a blog. Being one for avoiding the big bookstore chain, I turned to my trusted independent, hoping they might actually have it already, as they specialise in children’s books. The owner, who reviews children’s books for The Bookseller, had not come across it either, despite the torrent of review copies coming through the front door.


100 Best Last Lines From Novels, e.g.:

Is it possible for anyone in Germany nowadays, to raise his right hand, for whatever the reason, and not be flooded by the memory of a dream to end all dreams?

You have to guess.


“God bless America, land of the free, but sadly not the land of the depraved,” said Sebastian Horsley, the British author who was refused entry into the USA last week. The reason for his rejection: moral turpitude. He referred to the recent resignation of Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York, in the wake of revelations that he had frequented prostitutes. “I’m not a politician, I’m an artist,” Mr. Horsley said. “Depravity is part of the job description.”

2 Responses to “Presque vu XXXXVIIII”

  1. Bitte Halloran says:

    Sebastian Horsley got detained and returned because he is a criminal.

    jb says: Now then, Bitte, he’s not my favourite guy, either. But don’t tell no more lies about him or you won’t go to heaven.

  2. John Baker says:

    Joseph Campana at The Kenyon Review has more on Sebastian Horsley, who was refused entry into the USA last week for the sin of moral turpitude:

    Let’s just consider for a moment the idea of moral turpitude. At first, I thought this was perhaps a vague, Victorian invocation. Imagine my further surprise to find that it is a major reason for denying entry to the United State. What else is included in moral turpitude? Well, the US Department of State offers a handy list. Of course, arson, murder, pandering, and the usual suspects are present. Interestingly enough, carrying a concealed weapon, lewdness, and drunkenness are specifically listed as regulatory infractions that do not constitute moral turpitude. Of course, bigamy, sodomy, fornication, and bastardy (yes it’s true: intentionally creating a bastard child can get you barred from entering the U.S.) are on the list. Adultery was on the list but has been removed. My other favorites include mayhem and riot and a series of meta-crimes of moral turpitude: attempting to commit moral turpitude, being an accessory to committing moral turpitude, aiding and abetting the commission of moral turpitude, and taking part in a conspiracy to commit moral turpitude. Governance in this country is exhausting to think about, no?