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About ashleighlou

Person, usually on bike

Octopus v.2

I’m over in the States for the Windham-Campbell festival at Yale (Knausgaard!) and the Brooklyn Book Festival (Philip Lopate! Elif Batuman! Ann Powers! (whose Good Booty I’ve just started reading, on Fergus B’s recommendation, and it’s GREAT)). I’m here a few … Continue reading

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Octopus

it’s like genitals I want to show you all these tiny parts but I’m public public public (from a poem called ‘Rewriting’ by Eileen Myles, in Sorry, Tree (2007)   I was walking to work the other day in heavy rain. … Continue reading

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Let the eagles go

A thing that drives me disproportionately crazy is the ‘bald eagle screaming’ sound effect in pop songs. I don’t know what is going on with this screaming eagle, and why people keep sampling it, but I’m sure I’ve been hearing … Continue reading

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The Carp

I went to hear Catherine Chidgey talk about her novel The Wish Child on Monday. I edited Catherine’s book, and a weird thing you have to do when you’re editing someone’s book is become quite calculating about the emotional intensity … Continue reading

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frgmnts

I miss writing on this blog but I’ve felt unable to for ages. It’s felt hard to string much of anything together. So as a way of making a small start, again – fragments, like cards on a string hung … Continue reading

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The difficult second cover

A few years back I wrote about what I wanted for the cover of my first book. I ended up with more than I could ever have hoped for: a skull floating in a sky, with dogs (copulating, if you look closely) … Continue reading

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Balcony

‘You need to think, and thinking well is the hardest thing in the world to do.’ —Vivian Gornick   I was sitting on a balcony above a sea of heads, close to the edge, looking down on a lit stage. … Continue reading

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