Friday, February 29, 2008
Fallowell and Parkin: King & Queen of cunty-cocky news
News from and about two of my dearest remote friends, the delectable, decadent Molly Parkin and then the fabulous New Zealand expert, Duncan Fallowell.
First, I get this message, apropos Duncan's fab book Going As Far As I Can, from Waterstone's in Notting Hill, following another comment by an anony-mouse that his book had sold out there - "Waterstone's Notting Hill had it, sold out, and we've now replenished, and our customers will surely enjoy the book as much as we do, too." Excellent.
Then my attention is drawn to a very good interview with Duncs - one of many globally - in the Scotsman by Lee Randall - click here. Lee sweetly informs me that "Thanks to you, I have discovered a great writer." This suggests a disposition of keen taste.
And now to Molly. She writes to me:
The current Time Out (Feb 27 - March 4) sports a perky interview with me, plus photo of charcoal sketches for my current paintings ... a cunty-cocky display plastering my studio wall in preparation for my next exhibition in July. I'll forward quotes from the gallery, pin-pointing my new direction into visual erotica instead of merely the written word.
It suits me so much better than poetic landscapes or decorative abstracts. Now I'm awash with orgy-filled canvasses, painted from personal memories of my misspent sojourn in Manhattan! Seriously good fun!
Erotica seems my natural domain. Curious that I have only just begun painting it and with such delight and freedom, too.
Bill Packer, the art critic, button-holed me last week in the Chelsea Arts Club to congratulate me on this very recent development, saying, "What the hell took you so long?"
This issue of Time Out is devoted to erotic writings, with a list of the 30 rudest writers. I am thrilled, though surprised, to be included. My 10 comic erotica tomes, written from 1972 - 83 are all long since out of print. Also they have only chosen to interview 3 of us. Myself, the lovely Sebastian Horsley, and Hanif Kureishi.
Which brings me to why I'm writing to you, because your truly inspired interviews last year is what has catapulted me into the public arena again. Have lost count of all the other media pieces since then. Truly! And I thank you for that, darling MA.
Molly's work is at the Ubox Gallery (330 Kennington Lane, London), from 4th until the 25th of July 2008. I shall write again of it nearer the time. I may host a party in Moll's honour. Ubox, click here.
Time Out's top 30 erotic writers (Moll's at 24), click here