Getting in a last few batches of Verso titles direct from the publisher, before the customs implications of You Know What kick in and result in an import tax on stuff sent from the UK to Sweden.
(Easy enough to get Verso titles here—AdLibris fills the Amaz*n-shaped gap for book provision over here, without doing that whole disintermediate-all-retail-everywhere thing into the bargain—but I prefer to buy direct from publishers and/or brick-and-mortar stores wherever possible.)
It is extremely sweet to have access to funds with which to buy academic texts for work purposes. The only challenge is avoiding the temptation to rinse it too hard…
Been a busy week here; production deadline on RG1.0 is looming, and editorial tasks eat up a lot of hours. Been experimenting with keeping a time ledger, though, which not only avoids that “where did the day go?” thing, but also seems to work at making me get on with things instead of, y’know, writing about stuff on the internet. Next step, I suppose, is to start *planning* time for writing about stuff on the internet… but not until this project’s put to bed. Onwards!
Much delayed by pandemic disruptions of international mail, here’s a transcript of a heretofore unpublished J G Ballard interview, originally done for an Italian VHS video zine (!) in the Nineties. Comes in both Italian and English, with an accompanying essay by yer man Simon Reynolds… which is presumably where I heard about it, shortly after (or was it before?) relocating. Copies still available, it seems.