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when you point your finger guess who it's pointing back to

guess everyone needs to take a turn . . Department Books has some interesting stuff on the island . . onedit was the best magazine I have seen from the island . .  and Mendoza is putting together a nice book of poems for a reading this week . . poems for Sonic Youth . . and that's good . . very good . . and Steven Fowler kicked it up a notch . . a big notch . . and the Openned series . .now sadly gone . .  and of course xing the line . . the main reading series in London for anything remotely interesting . . . I guess I am just wondering why London seems to lag behind virtually all mega cities for indie publishing and music . . maybe I am wrong . . maybe I just haven't looked hard enough .. .  of course there is plenty of interesting things to write with or about . . plenty of that . . and some good peeps .  some great peeps. . . maybe things get gentrified ultra fast here . . east London is a stale stale stale centre of hipsters and unimaginative artists and writers and politics . . Brick Lane is the centre of staleness . . there are more interesting things in Ealing Broadway than Brick Lane and that's not saying much . . . the forward prize rewards the most uninteresting safe stale writing on the island . . salt publishing publishes the most boring stale fiction and poetry on the island and then asks for money to keep them afloat and all the writers they published send them money to keep their stale boring ass writing afloat in a sea of mediocrity . . that's the buzz word on the island . . mediocrity . . LONG LIVE MEDIOCRITY ON THE ISLAND . .  is it the rain . . is it the pubs with stale carpet . . is it the black mould . . is it the poor blood circulation . . is it M. Thatcher . . is it D. Cameron . . is it the puppetmaster Boris J. . . is it too many very very bad pork pies . . it's not the curry . . oh no . . it's not that . . the curry is to die for . . .

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