Lulu Glitch and Third Book Question

For some reason, my author page on Lulu is only showing the hardback version of my Beatles book, not the paperback. Rest assured, for those who want to buy it, it is still available here. I’m working on getting the ePub version out.

While I’m here, as some of you will know I’m currently working on a book of the Hyperposts. Once that’s out, I’ll be planning a third book. Would people rather read (bearing in mind it’ll be serialised here in draft, and also bearing in mind that it’s likely I will do the others, just not at as high a priority):

A book or books on the Beach Boys similar to my Beatles one
A book of my Doctor Who From The Beginning posts
A post-Singularity detective novel (the problem with this one will be making it different enough from Philip Purser-Hallard’s …Of The City Of The Saved that I don’t feel like a plagiarist)
Other (specify?)

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30 Responses to Lulu Glitch and Third Book Question

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    Personally, Doctor Who. But I’m not sure you have enough of that yet?

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Oh, no, these are ones I’ll actually have to write. Basically I’m planning on doing a lot more long series of posts on here, and turning the ones that work better into books. It’ll be a year or so, give or take, before book 3 actually comes out… If it’s the Doctor Who ones I’d want to at least get to the end of Hartnell, and I’m only up to The Aztecs at the moment…

  2. Jim says:

    I’d like to see a cogent defence of some of the points in this post:

    The back-and-forth in the comments isn’t very interesting, but I suspect a book-length argument from you would be very much so.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Interesting thought (and I’m glad you think any of my books would be interesting). Some of those things will come up, tangentially, in the Hyperpost book, and others in another project I’m involved in (which I’ll be announcing soonish), but it is worth bearing in mind…

      • Jim says:

        In a similar vein, I’d be interested in hearing more of your views on higher culture; I recall you’ve treated a little of Bach, but as far as I recall that’s about it, apart from a glib swipe at Mozart ;-)

        Comics and pop music are interesting, but at least one of your readers is interested in the good stuff.

        > and I’m glad you think any of my books would be interesting

        De rein. It’s very rare to find someone prepared to write long, articulate pieces on any topic, let alone worthwhile ones. Take good care of your typing fingers!

        • Andrew Hickey says:

          I’m afraid I don’t have the critical vocabulary to deal properly with high culture – or rather, I do, but not to the extent that I feel I have anything to add. Were I to try to write about Wagner (Richard) , for example, I’d feel like I was trying to compete with GBS’ The Perfect Wagnerite or Adorno’s essays. Writing about Wagner (John), on the other hand, I’m competing mainly with Colin Smith – who still outclasses me, but I can feel like I’m in a fair fight with (not that I’d want to fight Colin, who’s one of the nicest people I know, but you know what I mean).

          I’m also not as sure of my tastes in high culture as I am in low. I know what I like – baroque music, especially Bach but also Telleman, Handel etc, modernists like Stravinsky, Varese, Boulez, early 20th Century Americans like Gershwin and Still, and a few outliers like Wagner. And in literature, primarily people like Swift, Sterne, Orwell, Joyce, Twain, Shaw, Wilde – satirists for the most part.

          But I can’t as easily put those tastes into an aesthetic theory as I can with comics or popular music – I can’t defend them as well.

          BTW, not to be annoying, but do you have another email address you can use? The spam filter on this site is set up to automatically trap .ru addresses because I get something like 100 spam comments from those domains every day. I can’t guarantee that I’ll always be able to catch your comments and ‘unspam’ them in a reasonable time frame.

          • Jim says:

            > ……
            No sooner said than done :-)

            > I’m afraid I don’t have the critical vocabulary to deal properly with high culture

            I know what you mean about the vocabulary, but to use your own example, Shaw’s hilarious mis-reading of the Ring shows that even big names can get it very wrong. Of course you or I won’t be able to talk the same language as the experts, but when it comes to the drama – what the piece means in human terms – we’re if anything better placed than the experts.

            But of course there’s a lot to be said for only giving lengthy public discourses on topics you’re comfortable with. Lets have more philosophy and politics! :-)

            • Andrew Hickey says:

              Ah, you’re *that* Jim!

              As far as ‘more philosophy and politics’ goes, then in book form the Hyperpost book will probably be the most interesting to you – it’ll contain all the stuff linked in the Hyperposts link above, plus the Singularity essays and a few more. Basically, it’ll be an extended essay on the concept of authorship, especially as applied to shared fictional universes, the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics, fanfic, liberalism, the works of Grant Morrison, Lawrence Miles and Jack Kirby, futurism and whether it’s possible to know anything.

          • Tilt Araiza says:

            The thing is, I think high and upper-middle-brow* culture really need some friends right now. I’m becoming grumpier and grumpier as I get older and people the same age as me and older subsist on a cultural diet that they seem to have settled on at the age of 15.

            Ignore me, ignore me. I have the weary, bloodied heart of one who must explain why I’m more excited by the prospect of buying a DVD of Coward plays I’ll probably hate than the opening of a new Tron movie (“now it sucks in 3d”).

            *and maybe middle-middle-brow: the new Film 2010 has brought people out of the woodwork burying Barry Norman as if he were a Sigh And Sound snob, rather than a Daily Express generalist.

            • Andrew Hickey says:

              Oh, I absolutely agree. You know my distaste for ‘geek culture’, and I’m anout as likely to go and see any of these “things from the 80s IN 3D!” films as I am to gnaw my own leg off.

              I like *good* stuff, whether that be I, Claudius or Genesis Of The Daleks, the Beatles or Stravinsky, Eddie Campbell or Grant Morrison, The Plank or Round The Horne. I know the same applies to you. I think it very, vry sad when people limit themselves to just the easy. There’s nothing wrong with eating sweets, but living on a diet of them is terrible for the health.

              (Remind me to write about Inception some time – I found it an enjoyable enough film, but the people who were arguing it was incredibly profound must have never actually read a book).

              And people are attacking Barry Norman for being too highbrow?! Good God! The man was the definition of a populist! Just because he had some standards, however broad, by which he said “this is a good, well-made piece of work, while this isn’t”? Dear God, we’re entering a new Dark Age aren’t we?

              • pillock says:

                I’m scared of seeing “Inception”…my girl Ellen Page, a Christopher Nolan puzzle-piece movie…but maybe I load it up too much?

                • Andrew Hickey says:

                  To my mind it’s Nolan’s least effective film so far. I’d wait for the DVD if I were you…

              • Tilt Araiza says:

                Well, this highlights a problem for contemporary film reviewers. I told people that I enjoyed ‘Inception’, but with a number of reservations. Now I’m remembered as “the guy who hated ‘Inception'” because opinions are either “rated” or “slated”, right?

                Quoth Mark Kermode:

                “People don’t talk about films in a moderate way. People are passionate about movies and the thing I’ve always been obsessed with trying to get across, in writing or on the radio, is that sense. Nobody goes to see a film and says afterwards, ‘On the one hand this, on the other hand that’. They say, ‘It was the best film I ever saw’ or ‘it was the worst film I ever saw’.

                “That’s how people talk about films and I’ve always tried to bring to film criticism that sense of how movies just work for people. They provoke an emotional response. I’ve always tried to make my film criticism like that”

                And he’s supposed to be the intelligent critic.

                • Andrew Hickey says:

                  Oh dear…
                  I get the same thing about my Doctor Who reviews – I’m either a ‘hater’ or a ‘slavish fanboy’ rather than someone who tries to actually look at it and see what it was trying to do and if it succeeded.
                  But people have little or no sense of nuance, it seems, and there’s very little in popular culture that tries to instil one.
                  I blame Mani.

  3. colin smith says:

    Oh. So it’s a fight you want, is it?

    Actually, for what little it’s worth, I’ve always regarded m’self as walking in your footsteps, so if we’re going to fight, I suspect it’ll be about which of us gets to go second while being kind and supportive to whoever goes first.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Whereas I am amazed at the level of analysis you bring to your comics writing, which is far above anything I can do at the moment, but which I think I could *aspire* to eventually…

  4. S. Barrios says:

    i would have a *keen* interest – to say the LEAST – in a Beach Boys book. i have Don Cunningham’s, by the way, and recognize that there’s much, much more to be said.

  5. Chris Sawer says:

    I am enjoying your Beatles book – I have the paperback – and would certainly be interested in a Beach Boys book (or books – they released a lot of albums!) along similar lines.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Glad you like it!
      And yeah, if I did a book along those lines, it’d probably be three books – 60s, 70s and 80s-2000s plus solos.

  6. pillock says:

    I think a Beach Boys book would be a very good idea…you love the Beach Boys and so do the people who would read the book. A couple new fans might even be made. How could that be wrong?

    But for me, I’d like to see a book on Spike Milligan, or alternatively a book on Captain Beefheart. I think the world really needs those.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      A book on Spike Milligan would be a nice idea, but I’m not the man to write it – Tilt, who commented earlier, would probably do a better job than me, actually. Roger Wilmut’s The Goon Show Companion is *well* worth seeking out if you want a book on Spike’s early years at least though…

      Beefheart… it comes down to the technical vocabulary thing. I might do one, but I’m not a good enough writer *yet* to justify it…

      • Tilt Araiza says:

        It’s flattering to be thought of as a potential author, but one skill I can’t seem to acquire is the ability to write to be read, rather than writing to be heard.

        By the way, I saw actual TV footage of Wallace Greenslade this week. Cool, huh?

        • Andrew Hickey says:

          I don’t know – you may not have the most exquisite prose style in the world or anything, but you’ve got a distinctive voice, a unique viewpoint and an ability to think, which is more than most authors have.
          And that’s very cool – what was that on?

          • Tilt Araiza says:

            An Ally Pally internal joke film (grandaddy of the VT Christmas Tape). I watched the film “This Is The BBC” today, which had a brief silhouette of Wallace and an appearance by John Snagge, who did not look like I expected. Check your e-mail for gory details.

  7. TAD says:

    Perhaps you write a tell-all, behind-the-scenes, no-holds-barred history of Stealth Munchkin? Put to rest forever the questions about whether Barry Exton plays bass on the Cat Satisfaction album or not, among many many other things.

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