Beast of Burden
This reminds me that a lot of former Italian fascists found a new post-war life in the PCI.
I'm too young to have read NME when she wrote for it, but I do remember it being a great read. She was certainly seen as "hp" but perhaps that's just London meeja types self-mythologising IDKWas she ever hip? It's a genuine question, her NME era was before my time and anyway I grew up preferring Smash Hits
I dunno, i think hipness is in the eye of the holder but the reason I used that phrase is cos that (edit: by which I mean "hip young gunslingers") was the wording of the advert that the NME used to admit that it was woefully out of touch while at the same time signalling its desire to be dragged forward into a super cool future. The advert led to the employment of Burchill and Tony Parsons I believe, neither of whom, I'll wager, had ever gunned down a man over a game of poker or even so much as ridden into town on a horse shouting yee-hawWas she ever hip? It's a genuine question, her NME era was before my time and anyway I grew up preferring Smash Hits
To be honest, most of the time her politics (and her everything else for that matter) seemed pretty confused from what I could glean of them. I'm sure you're right but I'm happy enough to say something that fits with what I wrote about going in this thread and which is not factually wrong.You say vaguely on the left, but she was an open and enthusiastic Communist. She thought the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was brilliant because it would civilize the backwards Afghan tribes.
Not sure anything she (JB) has done lately has turned out to be a good career move.Has it always been the case in this country that a late middle-age lurch to the right is generally a profitable career move?
Certainly a lot of it recently but to be honest most of this stuff seemed to happen without me paying attention to it before twitter ruined it all
she's got people talking about her and when she inevitably pops up on that new fake Fox News channel there's a ready-made audience for her. I wish I could get #cancelled, it's a great way to get your name in the media.
Nah – she does rip into Rastas though (particularly Black Slate) for being anti-abortion. Terrible book, all the same.The punk book she did with Parsons has not aged at all well and includes racist jokes iirc.