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Red berries dripping with rain

This evening, I’ve been rereading passing through by Tom Leonard.

Shortly after I moved back home to Glasgow in 2017, I ran into him in Coffee Pod on Woodlands Road.

In December 2018, he died of COPD, age 74.

In 2020, Coffee Pod was closed by the lockdown, and never reopened.

In April this year, passing through was published by The Common Breath, a small press whose publisher, Brian Hamill, named it after a Tom Leonard essay.

A couple weeks later, Brian Hamill threw himself into the River Clyde in Glasgow and drowned, age 39.

This evening, I’ve been reading the book again.

Now I’m under a blanket knitted for me by my wife, drinking tea and writing this.

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—Barry Graham

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A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

Returning to Reims by Didier Eribon

Sundance: The Robert Sundance Story by Robert Sundance with Marc & Marnie Gaede

Manuel de Civilite Biohardcore by Antoine Boute, Stephane de Groef and Adrien Herda

The Beggar’s Garden by Michael Christie

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Last year, I posted this list of recommended creepy reads for Halloween. This year, I recommend two books, both by Lisa Tuttle: the short story collections A Nest of Nightmares and The Dead Hours of Night.

Although Lisa Tuttle has long been a major name, I had somehow not read her until daishin recently introduced me to her work. Neither of these books has a story that is merely very good; every one is great — sparse, vivid, tense, and offering no resolutions or pat explanations.

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—Barry Graham

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Kim Traynor photo of Free French House plaque in Regent Terrace Edinburgh

Signed on this day in Paris, in 1295 – the first treaty forming the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France. I applaud, for obvious reasons.

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Bookshelf with copies of Le Champion Nu by Barry Graham

In the events I did while in France, it was common for people not just to ask me if The Champion’s New Clothes/Le Champion Nu is autobiographical, but to seem to want it to be. (It isn’t.)

My Scottish and American novels have one thing in common: they’re the stories of people and places, not a person, and not this person. It’s currently fashionable to talk about “the right to tell your own story” — but what if, like me, you don’t want to tell your own story, because you don’t find it interesting? And “the right to tell your own story” isn’t a right, because it’s dependent on people being interested in listening to the story you’re telling. Otherwise, you’re not telling a story, just talking to yourself, and even you might not be listening.

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At Un aller-retour dans le noir today, my book Le Champion Nu, which I wrote 32 years ago, won the Prix Marianne. Pau is a beautiful city, and the festival is a marvel (amazing to see so many people of all ages who’re serious about books), and I’ve made some new friends.

Speaking of friends… I’m immensely grateful to Mikael Demets, my editor at Editions Tusitala for publishing this book and Le livre de l’homme, and to the great Laurence Viallet, who translated them. Nine bows.

barry graham, masked, sitting at a table stacked with french editions of his books

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Poster for Barry Graham author event in Paris

Tomorrow I’m travelling to Pau, France, where I’ll be at Un aller-retour dans le noir until Monday, when I head to Paris, where, on Tuesday evening I’ll be at Librairie Les Guetteurs de Vent.

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A Nest of Nightmares and The Dead Hours of Night by Lisa Tuttle

The Book of Reykjavik by various authors

The Politics of Friendship by Jacques Derrida

The Wandering Border by Jaan Kaplinski (reread)

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The Social Photo by Nathan Jurgenson

Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan

Finding Them Gone: Visiting China’s Poets of the Past by Bill Porter aka Red Pine (reread)

Sarah Jane by James Sallis (reread)

The Guru Principle by Shenpen Hookham

Read My Desire: Lacan Against the Historicists by Joan Copjec

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