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    A good New Statesman review of Burgess's "new" book, The Ink Trade: Selected Journalism 1961-1993. I highly recommend The Ink Trade, which I read last month and found every bit as pleasurable and incisive as the previous three collections of Burgess's essays.
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    The Times Literary Supplement has just published a review by Margaret Drabble of four Burgess books: Beard's Roman Women, Puma, Obscenity and the Arts, and The Black Prince.
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    Revelator wrote: »
    The Times Literary Supplement has just published a review by Margaret Drabble of four Burgess books: Beard's Roman Women, Puma, Obscenity and the Arts, and The Black Prince.

    Haven't read the others, but Beard's Roman Women is a masterpiece, based on the Myth of Orpheus.
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    Florida leads the nation in stupidity yet again...
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Each moment I draw closer to the Divine.
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    RE: Anthony Burgess' original TSWLM draft.
    Didn't SPECTRE's plan involve them trying to have the Queen strip down and bare all on live TV? :))
    Also Bond killed a dead villain by drowning him in shark's fin soup.
    And then he seasoned the soup. :))
    Sounds like a riot!

    There was also a nude James Bond and a nude Henry Kissinger in there. And a boxing kangaroo.
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    Article about Anthony Burgess and Ian Fleming : https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2013/03/anthony-burgesss-007-obsession
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    Just finished The Pianoplayers and there's a short reference to Bond.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    Just finished The Pianoplayers and there's a short reference to Bond.

    Interesting. Care to detail it here, @Ludovico?
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Ludovico wrote: »
    Just finished The Pianoplayers and there's a short reference to Bond.

    Interesting. Care to detail it here, @Ludovico?

    Oh it's just a quick mention by the narrator, a working class woman from Manchester turned high class prostitute (long story) about 007 who can shoot the baddies for Britain (I paraphrase). She was commenting on the story of a shooting during a pursuit between the Italian police and some kidnappers. Absolutely hilarious.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Ludovico wrote: »
    Just finished The Pianoplayers and there's a short reference to Bond.

    Interesting. Care to detail it here, @Ludovico?

    Oh it's just a quick mention by the narrator, a working class woman from Manchester turned high class prostitute (long story) about 007 who can shoot the baddies for Britain (I paraphrase). She was commenting on the story of a shooting during a pursuit between the Italian police and some kidnappers. Absolutely hilarious.

    Ah, I see. Thank you, @Ludovico. Always nice to find a Bond reference in a novel you're reading! And if it's in a Burgess novel, even better!
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    I tried not to give too much away as it's near the end of the novel, but anyway it's hilarious.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    I tried not to give too much away as it's near the end of the novel, but anyway it's hilarious.

    I appreciate that. I imagine Burgess can be a very funny writer based on what I've seen of his work.
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    He's very funny, even at his darkest.
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    Today is the anniversary of the death of Anthony Burgess. Some people remember when they were when they learned Kennedy was assassinated, I remember where I was when I learned of Burgess's death.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    Today is the anniversary of the death of Anthony Burgess. Some people remember when they were when they learned Kennedy was assassinated, I remember where I was when I learned of Burgess's death.

    Is there an interesting story to tell there, @Ludovico?
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Ludovico wrote: »
    Today is the anniversary of the death of Anthony Burgess. Some people remember when they were when they learned Kennedy was assassinated, I remember where I was when I learned of Burgess's death.

    Is there an interesting story to tell there, @Ludovico?

    Well, not much it's more personal than fascinating. I had finished A Clockwork Orange earlier that month (I had read it in a weekend) and was reading and rereading it. I had stopped at my friends' place after lunch to walk with them in high school, saw on their TV clips of A Clockwork Orange. Then I noticed it was the news and they were announcing his death.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Ludovico wrote: »
    Today is the anniversary of the death of Anthony Burgess. Some people remember when they were when they learned Kennedy was assassinated, I remember where I was when I learned of Burgess's death.

    Is there an interesting story to tell there, @Ludovico?

    Well, not much it's more personal than fascinating. I had finished A Clockwork Orange earlier that month (I had read it in a weekend) and was reading and rereading it. I had stopped at my friends' place after lunch to walk with them in high school, saw on their TV clips of A Clockwork Orange. Then I noticed it was the news and they were announcing his death.

    I see. That's an interesting enough story and thanks for sharing it, especially as you'd just finished A Clockwork Orange a short time before and were in the process of rereading it.

    It's interesting too that you mention the Kennedy assassination and how people who were alive then remember where they were when they heard it had happened. I only realised today that President Kennedy and Anthony Burgess died on the same day, exactly 30 years apart.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Ludovico wrote: »
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Ludovico wrote: »
    Today is the anniversary of the death of Anthony Burgess. Some people remember when they were when they learned Kennedy was assassinated, I remember where I was when I learned of Burgess's death.

    Is there an interesting story to tell there, @Ludovico?

    Well, not much it's more personal than fascinating. I had finished A Clockwork Orange earlier that month (I had read it in a weekend) and was reading and rereading it. I had stopped at my friends' place after lunch to walk with them in high school, saw on their TV clips of A Clockwork Orange. Then I noticed it was the news and they were announcing his death.

    I see. That's an interesting enough story and thanks for sharing it, especially as you'd just finished A Clockwork Orange a short time before and were in the process of rereading it.

    It's interesting too that you mention the Kennedy assassination and how people who were alive then remember where they were when they heard it had happened. I only realised today that President Kennedy and Anthony Burgess died on the same day, exactly 30 years apart.

    If there’s one celebrity death that I remember where I was, it was Robin Williams. I thought it was a joke or another person. What’s ironic about it was my friend had just brought a copy of Aladdin on vhs. As for Anthony Burgess, I was born the same year that he died. I’d love to read his TSWLM screenplay. Sounds like a pure RM adventure.

    [on writing five novels in the space of a year after he was told he had an inoperable brain tumor] It can be done. If you write 2000 words before breakfast, you have the rest of the day to yourself.
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    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Ludovico wrote: »
    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Ludovico wrote: »
    Today is the anniversary of the death of Anthony Burgess. Some people remember when they were when they learned Kennedy was assassinated, I remember where I was when I learned of Burgess's death.

    Is there an interesting story to tell there, @Ludovico?

    Well, not much it's more personal than fascinating. I had finished A Clockwork Orange earlier that month (I had read it in a weekend) and was reading and rereading it. I had stopped at my friends' place after lunch to walk with them in high school, saw on their TV clips of A Clockwork Orange. Then I noticed it was the news and they were announcing his death.

    I see. That's an interesting enough story and thanks for sharing it, especially as you'd just finished A Clockwork Orange a short time before and were in the process of rereading it.

    It's interesting too that you mention the Kennedy assassination and how people who were alive then remember where they were when they heard it had happened. I only realised today that President Kennedy and Anthony Burgess died on the same day, exactly 30 years apart.

    If there’s one celebrity death that I remember where I was, it was Robin Williams. I thought it was a joke or another person. What’s ironic about it was my friend had just brought a copy of Aladdin on vhs. As for Anthony Burgess, I was born the same year that he died. I’d love to read his TSWLM screenplay. Sounds like a pure RM adventure.

    [on writing five novels in the space of a year after he was told he had an inoperable brain tumor] It can be done. If you write 2000 words before breakfast, you have the rest of the day to yourself.

    The screenplay is available at the Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. Next time I go there (haven't been since 2013) I'll try to have a look.

    He made up the inoperable brain tumor. Well, somewhat. He was never diagnosed, but the doctors never ruled it out. Burgess was probably suffering from depression.
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    Fresh from The Anthony Burgess Foundation, Burgess and Bond: https://www.anthonyburgess.org/blog-posts/anthony-burgess-and-james-bond/
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    More on A Clockwork Orange, a conversation with Andrew Biswell, always interesting:

  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    I came across this novelty item not mentioned earlier I believe.

    Available as a print, with the set-up below proposing Half-Forgotten Classics.

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    Ian Fleming 'On Her
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    Poster Print
    https://standarddesigns.co.uk/products/ian-fleming-anthony-burgess-half-forgotten-classics-book-cover-poster-print

    Regular price £19.99 GBP
    Here's another in a series of prints of book covers - 'Half-forgotten Classics' - for all of us who've read the book but, um... is it the one with... no, sorry, I can't remember.

    This one's the Ian Fleming James Bond novel 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' - or was it... er... 'Burgess'? Yes, Burgess. Anthony Burgess was the villain, wasn't he? I'm pretty sure he wanted to take over the world, anyway...
    Size: 16.5 x 11.5 inches, 42 x 29.7 cm
    Professionally printed on 200gsm/120lb premium archival heavy silk paper
    Shipped in a sturdy mailing tube
    The print is sold unframed (the frame in the photo - a standard 40 x 50cm IKEA RIBBA frame - is for illustrational purposes only)
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    It's Good Friday, Easter is coming very soon, I thought I'd share this article about Jesus of Nazareth, which Burgess scripted:https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2019/03/08/why-jesus-movies-should-be-strange

    I disagree about what the author of the article said in the intro: growing up in Catholic Québec, J of N was THE Easter movie. It had no equal.
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