FASTING ON SPAM AND OTHER NON-ALIGNED DIETS FOR OUR ELECTRONIC AGE by Stewart Home. Sabotage Editions, London 2002, ISBN 0954006313
That which agrees with the formal conditions of experience is possible. Kant.
Hatred is gained as much by good works as by evil. Machiavelli.
Conservative minds are simultaneously surprised, impressed and horrified by the results of dialectical thinking. If it is a cliché to state that ‘the child is the father of the man,’ then it is equally banal to observe that the impressions we now have of what we once were, are the product of what we appear to have become. In this sense, the child is NOT the father of the man. The writing collected here should be understood in a similar fashion. Although these literary gleanings can be read from a position of ‘innocence’, their ‘author’ will derive far greater pleasure from watching their effect among those who insist on viewing 'him' as an organising principle around which they can structure their responses to these texts.
It has been explained elsewhere that ‘I’ am very selective in what ‘I’ choose to (re)present to the reading ‘public’. It should go without saying that there is much in the various issues of my now defunct Re:Action newsletter that ‘I’ have chosen not to republish as yet. It is equally ‘true’ to state that while ‘I’ am happy to draw attention to my uncollected reviews of everything from In The Fascist Bathroom to From The Velvets To The Voidoids in the first series of Variant, there are certain works ‘I’ prefer to forget. Yet others, such as my “Fatman and Wobin” parody published in Down In The Street in 1980, ‘I’ have lost and ‘I’ don’t consider the work merits the trouble of tracking down a copy in somebody else’s collection of ‘underground’ ‘ephemera’.
In any case, many of these pieces may just as well have been written by somebody else. This certainly holds true for books such as Defiant Pose and Neoism, Plagiarism & Praxis. Likewise, ‘I’ am not particularly fond of Whips & Furs, although ‘I’ am looking forward to receiving the second part of the advance for that book upon its publication in Spanish in a few months time - since this detourned text that has ‘important’ work to perform. I toyed with the idea of saying something tantalising about 69 Things To Do With A Dead Princess here but decided against it. Among my ‘older’ novels, ‘I’ remain particularly fond of Come Before Christ & Murder Love. Although Cranked Up Really High: Genre Theory & Punk Rock is a more obviously post-Hegelian work, I prefer to point those who wish to misread me at their leisure in the direction of both Confusion Incorporated and The House Of Nine Squares. If you think my strategy is to contradict everything I have ever said or might yet say, you are nearly halfway to understanding what’s going on here.
Stewart Home, January 402 MKE.
The following pieces from this rare and out-of-print pamphlet are available online at this site:
A Journey To The Far Side Of Solipsism
The Psychogeography of Zeroes and Ones
Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps
Companion introduction from Analecta
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