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THE INTELLIGENT PERSON'S GUIDE TO CHANGING A LIGHT BULB by Stewart Home. Sabotage Editions, London 2005, ISBN 0954006321
Review by John Eden
I particularly enjoyed Stewart’s extended review of Luther Blissett’s Q, which takes in some sideswipes at previous reviewers, Emmett Grogan’s Ringolevio and the legacy of Italian left-communist Amadeo Bordiga. A left-communist analysis makes an all-too-necessary entrance into Stewart’s scathing review of Martin Amis’ Koba The Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million. I have read Q, and have no intention of reading “Koba”. That Stewart manages to write engagingly about both of them says a great deal.
Other books reviewed more briefly (but just as insightfully) include Bill Drummond’s (post-K Foundation) How To Be An Artist, John Barker’s (post-Angry Brigade) Bending the Bars: Prison Stories, Darius James’ Negrophobia and Brendan Mullen et al’s Lexicon Devil: The Fast Times and Short Life of Darby Crash and The Germs.
There are a couple of interview-esque pieces with Stewart himself - "Things I Was Once Asked by a Journalist" is possibly previously unpublished, given his answers:
Which books do you think should be given the Hollywood treatment?
"Eclipse and Re-Emergence of the Communist Movement by Jean Barrot and Francois Martin directed by David Cronenberg would be a real corker - a Battleship Potemkin for the twenty-first century. I’d also love to see Spike Lee adapt Henry Flynt’s Blueprint For a Higher Civilization for the wide screen."
"26 Things to do with a Pedagogal Paradigm" is an a-z list with everything from ambiguity to zeitgeist via Dracula and Trans Europe Express.
Other articles cover topics such as Stewart’s preferred funeral arrangements, 9/11, why Tony Hancock was the ultimate avant-garde artist, the euro and a brutal slagging of Sam Taylor-Wood.
This is a great read and comes highly recommended to anyone whose interested was tweaked after reading this interview with Stewart which has been bigged up by bloggers such as Loki, Psychbloke, Effay et al.
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