It was a while back that I saw Josie Long perform at BATS Theatre in the NZ comedy festival – a friend of mine had recommended I see her show after meeting her in Auckland. Comedians always fill my imagination in a special way – for me comedians are often great chameleons, constantly poised at the edge of transformation, hovering just long enough for perception of one form to materialize then bury itself in the lungs of the audience again, kicking up swirls of muddy laughter or painful crystals of hilarity that keep the jaw primed – Josie’s set had some great narrative elements to it, I recall a parable-like quality to the show that seemed to build on certain narrative splinters that veered off into wonderful groves lit by a misguided group of animals caught between leisure poses and attempts at pictorial correctness. Her website is a great place to start if you feel like more info or catching one of her gigs: Josie Long…
I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Tom Cho’s collection of short short fiction – Look Who’s Morphing. I had a read of the first story in the collection ‘Dirty Dancing’ which was like eating a really really good piece of fruit, and you just can’t get over how good it is for ages. Here’s a link to the book on the Giramondo site – or you can check out his blog: Tom Cho. Like the pink pop blood of the cover too.
A bit of something or somethings that have excited me recently:
1) Finding out about artist Jill Magid who aims to bring things that are far away closer to her body, and who says, ‘when in love I separate a someone from the everyone.’
2) Checking out the website blog Book By Its Cover which has loads of great book-art and book-design stuff.
3) This image by Jamie Lumley:
The Tooting Bec Lido in south London, which ‘is the largest pool in the UK at 91.44 metres long and 30.18 wide. Dating back to 1906, it was a built by unemployed people living in the area. The pool is open to the public from May to September; the rest of the year you can only swim if you are a member of the South London Swimming Club, which has managed the lido during the winter months since the 1990s.’