Something I mentioned on the previous podcast…

Discussing favourite books of childhood, I was reminded of “Taste for Adventure”, a book that still lingers in memory. I don’t know how I came to own a copy or why I read it. I do remember loving it and then, many years later, writing to the author in my guise as Stan Madeley.

I’m not sure I would be cut out for a Mongolian adventure, either as Stan or myself, but this remains a favourite letter (despite the typos — I was writing so many at the time and rather too quickly) and reply. There was another that followed it but this is just the first exchange. I really didn’t want to waste the Colonel’s time with my nonsense, especially since I was in no position to take up his offer…

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Why Dunciad.com?

It’s a cool domain name and it was available. Yes, I know. Available. Crazy, isn’t it?

Really?

Yes. It also helps that it’s also my favourite satire written by Alexander Pope, one of the most metrically pure English poets who also knew his way around a crude insult or two. If you’ve not read it, you should give it a try.

So this is satire, right?

Can’t deny it. There will be some. But it’s also an experiment in writing and drawing, giving work away for free in order to see how many people are willing to support a writer doing his thing. It’s the weird stuff that I wouldn’t get published elsewhere in this word of diminishing demands and cookie-cutter tastes.