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outerspacextrapnel  said about 8 years ago  or at  9:14PM on Sunday, May 20 2007 in books

great writer. Funny and creepy. My favourite is Great Apes, an amazing analogy that is carried through to the nth degree. He covers every base with his monkey metaphor.

LoadMyRig  said about 8 years ago:

i love cock and bull and my idea of fun.

excellent vocabulary on him....

djbollocks  said about 8 years ago:

i love his short stories. tough tough toys for tough tough boys is a great colection of his short fiction.

HEB  said about 8 years ago:

Check out Psychogeography - his weekly newspaper column

shhh  said about 8 years ago:

adamdmills  said about 8 years ago:

he's never as good as i want him to be.

HEB  said about 8 years ago:


Was great as team captain on Shooting Stars too...

HEB  said about 8 years ago:

Karate Party  said about 8 years ago:

How the Dead Live is one of my all time favourites.

littlearch  said about 8 years ago:

My favourite is Great Apes

i'm pretty sure the band named themselves after this book

i don't really like will self but i've tried. i want to

Reverb  said about 7 years ago:

I'm on the 3rd chapter of Book of Dave, god, this man is a genius.

djbollocks  said about 7 years ago:

I'm rereading tough tough toys for tough tough boys at the moment. I can't think of too many writers who I enjoy as much as Will Self.

VoxFuzz  said about 7 years ago:

Was great as team captain on Shooting Stars too...

I think that's when I decided he would be my next-life grumpy husband.

What a dream pairing Self and Steadman are. I must pick up PsychoGeography on the weekend.

Punch  said about 6 years ago:

i'm currently reading the Book of Dave. man it was a cunt to get through the first chapter until i realised there was a glossary at the back. he is a genius. great reading so far.

ocelotl  said about 4 years ago:

There was a great little program hidden away on ABC's Artscape slot last night called Obsessed with Walking in which Self takes a very long walk though LA, as some form of research for his new book. If you like this man's mind you really have to check this out. You can watch it online at the above link, or on ABC iView, or it's repeated on ABC2, Sunday at 6.30.

lmc  said about 4 years ago:

i love this guy. and what a perfect name.

HEB  said about 4 years ago:

Shooting Stars let him show off his acting talent

As Crocodile Dundee
As Young Mr Grace in Are You Being Served?
As well as being a team captain on the show

ocelotl  said about 4 years ago:

Nice new reissue designs! Niiiiiice. Reading 'Grey Area'' at the mo. Great Apes next. I'm keeping it more or less chronological.

woolfat  said about 4 years ago:

I've always meant to get around to reading ''liver''. one of these days.

HEB  said about 3 years ago:

postergirl  said about 3 years ago:

What a sick irony that he should get something like this. I can't help but think it's linked to his previous drug use but there is no suggestion of that. Excellent piece of writing.

shiroineko  said about 3 years ago:

Terrible news, hope he keeps writing.

I just started reading Liver the other day. So far it doesn't seem to have the same flair as some of his other short stories but man, what a vocabulary.

Tim_Marben  said about 3 years ago:

Incredibly well written piece that. I loved his analogy of hospital making him a tourist in his own city.

But incredibly sad, sounds like a really fucked up disease to have.

nishiki  said about 3 years ago:

did anyone else find the guardian piece ridiculously long? still, very enjoyable read. it would not seem out of place if it were included in a psychogeography III.

ocelotl  said about 3 years ago:

Damn, that sucks. Seflishly speaking though (excuse the pun), like with Hitchens' cancer, some fascinating writing has come out of the whole thing. On a side note, I finished 'Grey Area' recently - Inclusion is an amazing psychopharmacological fantasy!

woolfat  said about 3 years ago:

what's a good starting point for w.s.?

ocelotl  said about 3 years ago:

I started at the start - The Quantity Theory of Insanity - and I reckon it's as good a starting point as any. I like to follow a writer's development anyway, so tend to go more or less chronologically. Reckon you'd like him woolfat, there's definitely a touch of early Cronenberg about some of his stuff...

woolfat  said about 3 years ago:

I think I'd like it too-the little I've read had such an ease about it. I'll see if I can find the quantity theory, thanks ocelotl!

nishiki  said about 3 years ago:

wooly: 'quantity theory of insanity', one of his first titles and a collection of short stories, is very j.g. ballardesque, very easy read. i love 'the book of dave' but probably not the best entry. 'liver' (a more recent short story volume) or 'how the dead live' would be my recommendations.

nishiki  said about 3 years ago:

bah, didn't refresh before responding to that, sorry

andydepressant  said about 3 years ago:

I can't remember what I've read of him except Great Apes which was a bit laboured. Not a good sign.

andydepressant  said about 3 years ago:

Jesus Christ that news article is depressing. 5-10 more years and either I or many people I know will start getting these fucking awful diseases. Perspective yadda yadda.

grogblog  said about 3 years ago:


hungryhungryhippo  said about 3 years ago:

What goes around comes around, and this professional needlework was the appropriate karmic comeback for all that amateur embroidery.

I liked that bit.

emanresu  said about 3 years ago:

I'm a fan and hadn't read that article, thanks for sharing, incredibly read, albeit sad news.

shiroineko  said about 2 years ago:

He has a new book out called 'Umbrella'. I was looking at it in Readings the other day but I have a stack of books to get through so didn't buy it.

Anyone read(ing) it?

voidster  said about 2 years ago:

I've got Umbrella on order from the library.

I really enjoy Will Self but I do find his fiction quite hard work. I discovered him via JG Ballard and I think his writings/thoughts on Ballard are some of his best work.

Personally I think Will's most consistent stuff is his journalism.

ocelotl  said about 2 years ago:

Always enjoyable, and Umbrella sounds as good as ever. ''Umbrella sets out to understand the nature of the modern world by going back to the source – the industrial madness of World War One. Set across an entire century, Umbrella follows the complex story of Audrey Death, a feminist who falls victim to the encephalitis lethargica epidemic that rages across Europe, and Dr Zack Busner, who spends a summer waking the post-encephalitic patients under his care using a new and powerful drug.''

Even scored himself a Booker nomination with this one.

Personally I think Will's most consistent stuff is his journalism.

And here is some.

outerspacextrapnel  said about 2 years ago:

I'm keen to read it, I'm just not ready to pay forty five bucks for the privilege.

ocelotl  said about 2 years ago:

It's out in paperback too. $28 local price, or less.

ocelotl  said about 2 years ago:

Oops, missed my link: or less.

shiroineko  said about 2 years ago:

Here's the first few pages.

Looks like it'd be a difficult read. Even more so for people (myself included) who don't know a great deal about the history of London.

And yes, 28 bucks for a paperback is a bit much.

outerspacextrapnel  said about 2 years ago:

Thanks for the link ocelotl. I just bought it.

ocelotl  said about 2 years ago:

Booko rules! (Disclaimer: Support your local bookshop where possible)
It does look like a challenging read. But I trust it'll be worth it.

outerspacextrapnel  said about 2 years ago:

I don't feel too bad since I bought a copy from my old local bookshop in Canberra. The coop bookshop at the uni. I loved that place. I spent so many hours in it looking at books.

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