The Null Device

Absolute Beginners

Score! I recently managed to find a copy of Colin MacInnes' Absolute Beginners, for a pittance, in a certain bookshop in Northcote. (It was a mid-80s edition, with cover artwork that looks like a promo still from the supposedly dire film and day-glo lettering in DTP clip-art fonts, making it look more like a cheap romance novel than the cult classic it is acclaimed as.) I had been keeping an eye out for it since reading excerpts or references to it in various other books. So far, I'm enjoying it; it seems to capture the zeitgeist of London in the late 1950s, and the rise of what would become Modernism (and indeed the roots of much of youth culture since), quite vividly.

Once I'm finished with that, I'll probably go onto the PDB file of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom.

There are 1 comments on "Absolute Beginners":

Posted by: Ben http:// Mon Jan 13 15:15:54 2003

What's really scary is that on Sunday some pink was actually asking me (seriously) for Bill Gates' bio The Road Ahead with CD Rom. (I think about 5 billion of them ended up in landfills and on Amazon about 6 years ag0).