Reading it made me think of an episode of South Park where the characters realize that every new adventure they attempt has already been done by the Simpsons, leading to the refrain, "Simpsons did it," which is repeated across the episode. Don Quixote manages so many tricks with its form, and asks so many questions of literature, that I'll be reading books thinking "nice trick, but Cervantes did it" for the foreseeable future.
Me on a helter skelter
I'm exactly halfway through my two month break from work. It feels like I've made good progress with my writing, but it's also a case of the more I do, the more I realize I still have to do. I decided to do something unusual for me, and entered my novel in the Guinness patron project that you'll see doing the rounds on facebook and twitter.
Here's my project.
I am not entirely sure how the scheme works. It is clear that there is a voting element and a judging element, but it's less clear how much weight is ultimately given to either. The whole thing is a shot at the moon for me, but if you read this and decide you would like to vote for me, I'd certainly appreciate it. If I secured an amount of funding, it would be used to simply take some time off work in order to finish the novel. You'll notice that I call it "The Cared For" on its project page. It will most likely be called something else, but the competition requires a name, so that is my temporary name for it.
Music music music. I've upgraded to spotify premium to make the voice go away (Oh God that fucken voice), and I've made a few playlists.
Here's a good one - long live rockathon. It is a compilation of songs from Guided by Voices and Robert Pollard side projects.
Here's another - Jazzberries. I watched a few documentaries about jazz last year and have slowly been feeling my way into it. I listen to jazz before I go to bed most nights. The playlist is mostly bebop stuff, all well known, I'm sure, and nothing to frighten the horses.
I've also been listening to, and enjoying, a young American lad called SFV Acid. He makes bedroom techno. The clip above is a promo for his album The Dwell, which is a deeply intriguing listen, an album of floaty agar plate electronica in the tradition started by Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works 85-92.