10 More Blogs I Didn't Get Around To Writing

  1. Charles Radcliffe’s mvoing tribute to his friend Chris Gray at Housmans Bookshop in London on 4 October 2012. This would have made a great blog – since I agree completely with Charlie that to appreciate Chris you have to look beyond the situationists and King Mob and read his book on LSD too……
  2. Opening night of the Turner Prize… and why Elizabeth Price was the only artist up for the award who I both clocked at the event and spoke with on the night. That said, I did have a conversation with Luke Fowler about a week before the opening at a Tate dinner – but I haven’t exchanged a word with Paul Noble for years and I don’t think I’ve ever said more than hello to Spartacus Chetwynd….
  3. Jack Kerouac’s On The Road Scroll at the British Library (until 27 December). First London showing for this extraordinary object, the 120 foot long scroll made from rolls of taped together tracing paper on which Kerouac’s most famous work On The Road was written. Kerouac fabricated the roll in order to avoid replacing paper at the end of the page as he was typing – which he felt interrupted his creative flow.
  4. Why the Artist Placement Group (APG) is boring. I’m afraid this potential blog post was just too tedious to contemplate – although I would have gone to the APG opening at Raven Row regardless had that private view not clashed with a talk I was giving about Terry Taylor.
  5. More unusual London museums such as the Hunterian (surgical museum based on John Hunt’s collection) and the Museum of Zoology (with a lot of animal skeletons).
    6.  Why I’m sick of hearing from people who don’t like something I’ve written that part of the content can’t be true because they’ve never heard of some fact or person. Ignorance and proof are quite distinct and anyone over the age of three who needs this explained to them clearly isn’t worth engaging with.
    7 Jeff Keen at the Tate Tanks. Like Charlie Radcliffe on Chris Gray this would have made a great post…. I just didn’t get it together.
  6. Yet more reasons to stop blogging. I think I’d rather just stop blogging than come up with an argument to convince myself that I need to do so.
  7. Jimmy Saville considered as a kiddie fiddler, and why – when I first heard the rumours that he was sexually abusing young girls when I was schoolboy in the nineteen-seventies – it took until 2012 before the subject was aired in the media. Basically everyone else got in on this one before me.
  8. Ten exhibitions openings I didn’t bother to attend. Since I couldn’t be bothered to go and see the work I didn’t see why I should trouble myself with writing about it….
    And while you’re at it don’t forget to check – www.stewarthomesociety.org – you know it makes (no) sense!


Comment by Fred Flintstone on 2012-10-05 00:41:46 +0000

Well I’m sure not going to list 10 comments I didn’t write!

Comment by Herbert Marshall on 2012-10-05 01:34:09 +0000

In the old days these would have been your unsuccessful pitches to newspapers and magainzes… now you’re just unsuccessfully pitching them to yourself. The world has definitely got more solopsistic with Web 2.0.

Comment by Fenton on 2012-10-05 07:36:42 +0000

‘Kerouac fabricated the roll in order to avoid replacing paper at the end of the page as he was typing – which he felt interrupted his creative flow.’
I heard L. Ron Hubbard did a similar thing when he was writing for the science fiction pulps. Apparently he would use a roll of butchers paper on a spindle above his typewriter. Something about how if they were only being paid a cent per word or whatever he wanted to maximise his words per time ratio.

Comment by Jill Jones on 2012-10-05 09:41:55 +0000

I always found Jimmy Savillie really creepy and when I was a kid I had a discussion with my firends about whether to write in to Jim’ll Fix It and we decided we wouldn’t coz he was too scary!

Comment by The Man in the Iron Mask on 2012-10-05 12:30:53 +0000

Re writing on a scroll: how long was de Sade’s? He wrote 120 DAYS IN SODOM in prison on a single length of paper (in minute writing).

Comment by Steve on 2012-10-05 18:09:42 +0000

Pleeeeeeeeeease can I urge/beg you to reconsider posting something more detailed about Charles Radcliffe/Chris Gray?! I would love to read that.

Comment by Lucy Johnson on 2012-10-05 20:56:55 +0000

Well I tried to post this morning on the mobile via 3G but something went wrong. I had a very nice museum ‘walk’ through the Hunterian and Sir John Soane a few years ago with a small group-it was one of the first meet-ups I ever took part in consisting of people that I had mainly met through the net. It riled me to think of the churlish people finding fault with Mr Trippy’s postings as they did not not know of some of the subject matter-one of the nice things about this blog is the diversity of postings and that I often will find out about things that of of interest but I do not know about as it stands. Vis a vis J Saville it is some how so so obvious that he was a wrong ‘un. Urgh what a creep.

Comment by Lucy Johnson on 2012-10-05 21:02:01 +0000

The Museum of London is still on the ‘to do’ list.

Comment by mistertrippy on 2012-10-05 22:37:40 +0000

Good to know I can turn you onto a few things… Museum of London is gonna be a treat! I just find it amazing that all those stories about Saville went around for years and years… and it wasn’t only me who heard them but kids who grew up hudreds of miles away from London too….
@ The Man In The Iron Mask – that is a nice question who had the bigger one Kerouac or De Sade…. I suspect Kerouac had the bigger scroll becuase to hide something in prison I guess you need to keep it small…..
@ Steve I wasn’t keeping notes but I have spent a fair amount of time with Charlie and with Chris when he was alive – so that also makes it harder for me to sort out what Charlie said in the talk and what I just know anyway… Also I’d think there is a good chance someone else will write it up. But suffice to say it was great to see Charlie on this flying visit of his to the UK.

Comment by Janet Frith on 2012-10-05 23:03:42 +0000

You should have used the Kerouac manuscript to get yourself on a roll with new posts!

Comment by Steve on 2012-10-06 08:39:33 +0000

Fair enough! If anybody sees a subsequent write-up, can they post a link here?!
Re Elizabeth Price – last night on The Review Show (I know, I know) they were discussing the candidates and the unanimous (and overwhelming) consensus was that she deserves to win. So based on that entirely unscientific sample, it appears she must have a really strong chance. Freak out!
Not that I would have expected them to have mentioned it there, but I never see Talulah Gosh name-checked in any coverage of Elizabeth. Does she deliberately play that down – or is it simply that the critics are oblivious to it?!

Comment by Bob ‘Thrasher’ Jones on 2012-10-06 11:33:16 +0000

It’s not too late to score sensational scoops and CA$H in the kiddie-fiddling market. Nobody has bothered yet to smash the icon of John Peel by re-revealing that he married a 15 year old in the USA and then fled when the Feds were investigating his drug use and underage groupie action.
Learn more in my FREE booklet! SEND CA$H

Comment by Steve on 2012-10-06 11:44:07 +0000

Too late!
They really missed a trick not using that b&w shot for the cover of Margrave of the Marshes.

Comment by mistertrippy on 2012-10-06 18:04:11 +0000

John Peel was such a smug git – typical posh boy and the likes of Daivd Cameron and George Obourne (cocaine orgies with prostitutes anyone) really remind me of Peel.
And Steve, BTW Charlie Radcliffe’s talk was filmed by Ilze Black so maybe she or Housmans could let you see a copy….
Re: Elizabeth Price I don’t think that many art world people know she was in Talulah Gosh – but word does seem to be spreading. And I think her work in the Turner Prize exhibtion is the strongest (it is more formally rigorous than the other three regardless of what you think of the content)… but in my opinion Paul Noble must also stand a good chance coz he must be pushing 50 so won’t be up for it again (the prize is for artists under 50): and also why not really shock the punters and pundits by awarding it for something as traditional as drawing! But remember the prize is awarded by jury so it is about consensus rather than the best work – so ultimately it could be any of the four…..

Comment by Nelly The Nudist on 2012-10-06 19:30:34 +0000

Why don’t you write more about nudism?

Comment by Michael Roth on 2012-10-06 21:24:15 +0000

I don’t think any of these stories are true as I have not heard about them before now. Unless this is meant as a work of fiction, then ok.
@Nelly – I’m getting my fix of communudism over at the Chuz Martinez blog:
There is more communudist antics going on there than I can shake a dick at!

Comment by Michael Roth on 2012-10-06 21:27:19 +0000

Both the Jeff Keen and the Charles Radcliffe topics would make a great read. It’s never too late …

Comment by mistertrippy on 2012-10-06 22:44:02 +0000

That’s a good tip for Nelly to check out communudism… and of course there are loads of ordinary nudist sites too….
Maybe Housmans will put the Charles Radcliffe talk online as it was filmed…

Comment by Nelly The Nudist on 2012-10-07 00:46:36 +0000

In that case what about more on bagpiping (armpit sex)?

Comment by Zeno The Cynic on 2012-10-07 11:42:39 +0000

Why stop at 10 exhibition openings you didn’t bother to attend? You could probably list hundreds or event thousands….

Comment by mistertrippy on 2012-12-08 21:51:52 +0000

Part of Charles Radcliffe’s talk at Housmans is now online:

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