(The fact that I wrote it in Paris is neither here nor there.)
Here's an excerpt - if you'd like to find the solution to breakfast, read more here.
Breakfast is a matter of proportion.
Any proportion can be expressed and analysed mathematically.
Take the four basic breakfast ingredients: egg, bacon, tomato, sausage.
The first thing to notice is that they can be eaten in various combinations. The taste of
each ingredient is enhanced by combination with another. This is one of the chief pleasures of
breakfast. Some people prefer the taste of sausage with egg; others, bacon with tomato.
Fewer will eat sausage with tomato, and almost none, tomato with egg or sausage with bacon.
This can be expressed thus:
Interesting results can be gained from converting this into a Venn diagram showing
the most popular combinations, which expresses a fascinating and pleasing circularity
accounting, perhaps, for the continuing popularity of the four basic ingredients (please ignore
the central shaded area on the diagream below, which we shall come back to later).
First is, please support the Strumpet. I'm in it. A long, lightly fictionalised, autobiographical comic - the longest thing I've drawn for some time. Here's a taster. If you'd like to see more, go fund it!
I spent last Wednesday night talking about Georges Perec in an (allegedly) ex-crack den in Peckham with sawn off logs for seating, outdoor composting lavatories and excellent whisky-based cocktails.
This is my co-speaker, Karl Whitney, enjoying the 'bar' while we watched The White Review's editors, no mean roadies, drill a projector shelf into a ceiling beam.
Did we offer to help? No - we were too busy worrying about our talks discussing the finer points of Oulipo.
The Peckham Hotel was actually a lot nicer than this photo seems to show: in fact Karl is sitting in front of a roaring fire burning what looked like the missing floorboards from the rooms upstairs.
This was the first time I'd seen Karl since I met him in the Place Saint Sulpice to record some street noise outside Cafe de la Mairie, working around Perec's essay, Tentative d'epuisement d'un Lieu Parisien.
(Karl's not on the above pic but Perec is - the drawing was a private commission I did at the same time as the recording).
I used the sounds as the basis for an audio-visual piece, working with David Bramwell (sound), Lauren Elkin (photos) Isabelle Carreira (montage), Sofia Saldanha (voice) and writer, Deborah Levy, who generously contributed a piece of writing to the project in response to Perec's work.
Karl paid tribute to Perec's translator, Gilbert Adair, who died this week, and gave and excellent explanation of Perec's use of the grid system in his lifelong Lieux project.
I participated in the final event of the weekend, talking a little about drawing in London and Paris as well as helping out José-Louis Bocquet, author of the fabulous Kiki de Montparnasse, by drawing a model dressed in nothing but Kiki-esque 1930s underwear...
In case that wasn't enough I'd like to announce some more upcoming events.
On Thursday 13th a lauch for the excellent White Review at Foyles. YOU can come - just rsvp on the link. I have a piece in it.
On Monday 17th I'll be talking at Laydeez do Comics. You can come to that too: you don't even have to be a Laydee to attend. And apparently they all have curry afterwards which is certainly a plus-factor for me.