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  1. antonia forest:
    The best school story writer ever, and the only one who was a genuinely great writer.
  2. bust magazine:
    It's got a bit too mainstream and glossy for my liking, and I don't agree with everything in it, but it's basically the only magazine where I know I'm the target reader, and that's so rare I can't help but love it. Always entertaining and fun.
  3. e.nesbit:
    A perfect writer. No, seriously. She's funny, she's smart and she's enormously imaginative. And she wrote what are still possibly the best magical children's books ever, the perfect mix of the everyday and the extraordinary. Also, Oswald Bastable's "third person" narration is a feat of genius that never gets the credit it deserves.
  4. french pop:
    I love '60s french pop. Francoise Hardy, France Gall, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Dutronc - perfection. Of course, I can only speak about two words of French, so I have no idea what they're going on about half the time, but it sounds great.
  5. joan jett:
    She rules. And she provided the all-important soundtrack to what are still the greatest TV credits ever (that would be Freaks and Geeks).
  6. lukas moodysson:
    I absolutely love Together and Fucking Amal, but his two latest films do look both grim and in the case of the last one, pretty vile.
  7. oz magazine:
    I wrote my MA thesis on it. Contained lots of shite, and what remains the dodgiest pictures I have ever seen in my life*, but hugely imaginative and genuinely influential. Also, the hard-to-find 1972 book that's just a plain account of the obscenity trial is hugely, hugely entertaining.

    *It must have been during the time that some were advocating paedophilia as just another form of acceptable sexual expression, and there were elements of the counterculture that, rather misguidedly, floated this idea about. Hence the drawings that appeared in one issue of Oz of a four year old girl, done in pencil, that were sort of hazy apart from her genitalia, which were drawn in great detail. In one the kid was wearing long satin gloves. They remain the most fucked up, unpleasant thing I think I've ever seen.
  8. school stories:
    I love them. Even though my mother went to a boarding school that was nothing like the school story version (my aunt's one was a lot more Mallory Towers-esque, I have to say), they exert a strange hold over my imagination. The dormitories with their matching curtains! The common rooms!
  9. the stone roses:
    'Fool's Gold' still makes me want to dance.
  10. ye-ye:
    See the answer to Interest No. 4


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kulfuldi
Sep. 20th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
I've only ever read one Antonia Forest, called 'Autumn Term'. But, given my recent excesses in various bookstores, I won't (or shouldn't) be buying any more books soon, so she'll have to wait.
stellanova
Sep. 21st, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
All of her other books are out of print, and incredibly hard to find - they go for crazy prices online! I used to get them out of the library as a kid and so only owned Autumn Term; a few years ago I tried to track down the rest, and after paying far too much for End of Term I nearly cried with excitement when, in the course of a week, I found both Cricket Term and the bizarrely rare Attic Term in Chapters for a pound each.
glitterboy1
Sep. 20th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
1. On the basis of the only one I've read (so far), I definitely agree. I'm embarking on an attempt to acquire all of the others as fast as possible.
stellanova
Sep. 21st, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
Good luck! As I said above (and as I'm sure you know now) they're not at all easy to track down...
stellanova
Sep. 21st, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
Although in addendum to that last comment, if I ever do find any of the others going cheaply in a second hand place, would you like me to pick them up for you? I actually saw one the other day, and immediately wondered were any of my friends looking for it, because I know how rare they are!
nineveh_uk
Sep. 21st, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
Erm, random stranger dropping by, but you do know that Girls Gone By are in the process of republishing the lot (although the first ones they did are now out of print)? http://www.rockterrace.demon.co.uk/GGBP/titles.html

Nineveh
glitterboy1
Sep. 24th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you, that's really, really kind of you to offer. At this point, I'm just keen on getting to read them asap, so I'm not fussing about editions - I'm just happily buying them in whatever form they turn up in. So far, that's a couple of Puffin paperbacks, and several GGB editions. I haven't yet given up!
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