Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Duncan Fallowell is Esmé Smirk. And the Kiwis are Wiki

I am amused to see that Private Eye has lampooned Duncan Fallowell's NZ travel book Going As Far As I Can as Alan Hollinghurst's summer reading choice. They call Duncan Esmé Smirk. Once upon a time the mag called Duncan Creepy - I don't know why.

It has also been drawn to my attention that Amazon has stopped listing his book on their New Zealand list. It only comes up on the Australian one. I wonder if Kiwis vandalised the site - they have twice vandalised his Wikipedia entry.

And I learn that Duncan has completed his ghost story. I'm intrigued as to what he means by a ghost story ....

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are people frightened of ghosts any more? aren't they frightened of Muslim terrorists, street thugs and Russians instead?

Madame Arcati said...

Oh just change your newspaper, dearie. People really must learn not to be dictated to by hairy testicles who call themselves newspaper editors. Oh, hello Rebekah. Take up knitting or something; after a while you fear nothing but a dropped stitch and you're doing something useful instead of leaving racist rightwing comments normally not given oxygen beyond the safe confines of your average newspaper editor's office.

Christmas Past said...

Is it a post-modernist ghost? Perhaps it's a self-conscious ghost who haunts because he's seen lots of spooky films

Duralex said...

Or a writer's ghost in search of a ghost-writer?

Anonymous said...

I'm frightened of ghosts coz I've never seen one.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand Arcati's reference to hairy testicles.

Mr Scrote said...

It's possible the hairy testicles Madame refers to are a metaphor for male power on newspapers. But then again I could be wrong.

Jonathan Ross said...

Post-modern ghosts are to be found in Guillermo Del Toro's movies like The Devil's Backbone or Pan's Labyrinth - the other world tells us things of our history and sins as a sort of living folklore in our lives. I could say more but I'll save it for Sight & Sound.