Hmm, we don't have headlines like this, do we? I wonder why. (Nor do we also hear that the Irish are the least complaining workers in all of Europe, and the French whinge the most. My expensive new French dictionary offers as an example for the expression 'raleur': C'est une raleuse, mais elle a bon coeur.)
The Library of Congress' Inaugural Gershwin prize has gone to Paul Simon. I think we can guess exactly how old the LOC blogger is in the opening paragraph of this post - not exactly someone who has had to listen to "I Am A Rock" in RE class, is he.
Simon Sellars has posted a review of the inaugural J.G. Ballard conference at the University of East Anglia over at Ballardian ( he gave a paper there, on micronationalism and other matters.) Sounds like he had a ball -
I always get a bit melancholy when these temporary autonomous zones collapse and everyone returns to virtual communication. Especially when said TAZ was so inspiring. I already knew the quality of discourse would be outstanding – one look at the conference abstracts could tell you that – but after meeting and greeting, listening and absorbing, I was left overwhelmed with happiness centred around the feeling that Ballard might, finally, be receiving the level of critical attention his work so blatantly deserves.
And finally, Stephanie Gunn has posted a very favourable review of Ticonderoga Publications' first anthology, Fantastic Wonder Stories, over at HorrorScope, the blog of the Australian Horror Writers' Association.