Illusory Flowers in an Empty Sky

Barry Graham, Scottish Author

Larry Fondation and I have been inseparable friends for about 25 years now. And, even though he's in Los Angeles, USA, and I'm in Glasgow, Scotland, we were recently spotted together in Paris, France, in L'Ecume des pages bookshop. Fitting, as we met in a bookshop.

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Municipal Dreams by John Boughton

The White Book by Han Kang

Snowden's Box by Jessica Bruder and Dale Maharidge

No Longer Human by Dazai Osamu (again)

The Merry Muses of Caledonia by Robert Burns

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Glasgow is buried under snow today. It's exactly four years since I arrived back here, leaving the US after more than 20 years.

Last night, from my 10th-floor window, I watched the snow fall, watched some people build a snowman on the football pitch by my block of flats.

snow falling on night of plague building snowman on housing scheme football pitch

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I'm fortunate in that I work at home, so, as the plague worsens and lockdown continues, I don't have to go out, aside from necessary trips to get groceries. While the rules allow us to go outside for exercise, I've stopped doing that, as too many people are acting as though they're desperate to catch, or spread, the plague — not wearing masks, not social distancing, hanging out in groups. Two workers at my local supermarket have died. The walkway by the River Kelvin has been nicknamed The Disease Corridor.

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ddbb by Noda Yuki

Futha by Heilung

Live Ananda by Krishna Das

The Meth Lab by Method Man

Osaka Ramones by Shonen Knife

Live in London by Zeal and Ardor

Laws of Motion by Karine Polwart

Music for Nine Post Cards by Hiroshi Yoshimura

Generation Doom by Otep

Golden Rule by Muriel Grossmann

Inner World by His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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Collected Poems by Norman MacCaig (yet again)

How to Blow Up a Pipeline by Andreas Malm

Long Live the Post Horn! by Vigdis Hjorth

Disobey by Frederic Gros

Into the Woods by Emily Carroll

Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito

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In the summer of 1989, I finished writing my second novel, The Champion's New Clothes. It was a few months before my first, Of Darkness and Light, was published by Bloomsbury. They bought the second one right away, but took almost two years to publish it. Scotland on Sunday called it “entertaining, raw and punkish,” with “scenes of rampant evil.” It soon went out of print, and remained so for more than a decade.

Today, a French translation, Le Champion Nu (The Naked Champion), is published by Tusitala, who also published The Book of Man as Le livre de l'homme, and it has the same translator, Clélia Laventure.

It's a strange and happy feeling to see a book I finished at age 23 published in another language and country 32 years later.

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“A principal rule for writers, and especially those who want to describe their own sensations, is not to believe that their doing so indicates they possess a special disposition of nature in this respect. Others can perhaps do it just as well as you can. Only they do not make a business of it, because it seems to them silly to publicise such things.”

—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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Black Body by Bart Lessard

Earthlings by Murata Sayaka

Pine by Francine Toon

The Care Manifesto by The Care Collective

Shot by Gerard Brennan

Breasts and Eggs by Kawakami Mieko

Revolting Prostitutes by Juno Mack and Molly Smith

A Spell in the Wild by Alice Tarbuck

Girls Against God by Jenny Hval

There Is No Outside edited by Jessie Kindig, Mark Krotov, and Marco Roth

Mutual Aid by Dean Spade

Feminist City by Leslie Kern

The Southland by Johnny Shaw

Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald

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