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Consider yourself: Wilson David Mamet is something of a Luddite. He likes technology, but strictly design classics; not computers and mobiles, but typewriters and Swiss army knives. He produces his best work in a log cabin in the woods, so why has Mamet written a science fiction novel?
Naturally, it's not the science fiction of William Gibson or Arthur C. Clarke, but it might be Kurt Vonnegut. Hundreds of years into the future, after The Cola Riots, the Internet Crash and the colonisation of Mars, an academic attempts to piece together Earth's now deleted past. Wilson comprises the academic’s best, though fruitless, efforts through notes. errata. commentary and more notes.
Mamet’s friends and associates have probably summed this venture up best: 'impenetrable' (wife), ’unpublishable’ (agent). It is not an easy read, but then neither was Tristram Shandy, the tome which Wilson has been compared to. In fact, Mamet the novelist takes his cue from formal experimentation, proving that he's a modernist at heart.
Not that there isn't the satisfaction of wit to be gleaned from his book. Take the opening line: ‘It must be noted that the phrase “it goes without saying" can be applied only to those things which are about to be conclusively demonstrated to require utterance.’
That‘s a joke, isn't it? The whole line goes without saying, but was said nevertheless. You might think the same of the whole of the book. Mamet probably does. (Miles Fielder)
a fully paid-up member of society. It's a long and tortuous road, very much in the vein of Kathy Burke’s sitcom Gimme, Gimme, Gimme; the main character in Julie Alpine’s debut
Sensible Shoes (Citron Press £7.99)
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worth and shares her flat with a gay bloke. Here though, the humour IS a bit thin on the ground.
Opening with Kelly writing her mid- 20's wish list — a charming, wealthy
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journey of one Kelly Stewart, as she sets out on the road towards becoming
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