Pussycat Alley!

Join us Monday, 27/2, for a showing of The World Ten Times Over.

In London’s sin-filled strip, there is one place where every man goes … Pussycat Alley.  Where everything happens!

Sylvia Syms and June Ritchie play Soho nightclub ‘hostesses’.  Bella is jaded and fed up with men, while Ginnie is an accomplished seductress.  When a rich executive who is separated from his wife gets involved with Ginnie, Bella becomes envious.  The romantic entanglements proceed to challenge the friendship between them.  ’A downbeat, realistic and gritty portrayal of a day in the life of a lustreless London’ said the NFT programme.

Most of the film takes place on the studio set used for the girls’ flat.  There is however an extended location montage in the streets of Soho, which gives a good atmosphere at the height of the cafe era, including a nice shot of the sign of the Heaven and Hell Coffee Bar.

DATE:    Monday, Feb 27
TIME:     7pm
PLACE:  The Sanctum Hotel,  20 Warwick Street, Soho, W1B 5NF

Members: £5, non-members £10

Barney Rosset

“All my life I followed the things that I liked — people, things, books — and when things were offered to me, I published them. I never did anything I really didn’t like.” Mr. Rosset sipped from his drink and smiled. “ Should we have had more of a business plan?” he added. “Probably. But then the publishers that did have business plans didn’t do any better.”

Links to just some of the tributes and pieces being run to mark the passing of a true literary icon, Barney Rosset.

The New York Times

LA Times

New Yorker

And an interview from The Paris Review

 

Waiting for Godot

 

 

 

 

We Can Be Heroes

Join us for a party to celebrate the book ‘We Can Be Heroes’; a celebration of the London clubland years of 1976-1984

Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a particular persuasion.

In the early 1980′s, when a small group of misfits began acting their nocturnal fantasies, London nightlife blossomed and fashion, music and clubbing would never be the same again.

Relive lost memories of the New Romantics scene from legendary clubs such as Le Beat Route, Dirt Box, Mud Club and The Wag!

Chris Sullivan will be the DJ on the night and will be joined by contributors Graham Smith and John from Unbound Publishing.

The event will be held at THE SUN & THIRTEEN CANTONS  21 Gt. Pulteney St, W1F 9NG London, United Kingdom

Books on-hand on the night for purchase & signing.

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We are friends with Ian Bruce. Jealous?

Ian Bruce is one of our favourite people – and one of the most diverse talents working today.  You may know Ian as the lead singer in The Correspondents.   But that’s just the tip of his talent iceberg.

We are privileged to be hosting a show of his art under the name RubiCANE.   These erotically charged drawings are not for shock.   As ‘Because London’ notes:

‘this sex-based collection of illustrations that hopes to offer a fresh approach to the endless stream of pornographic imagery now so prevalent in contemporary visual culture. In the vein of artists such as Robert Mapplethrope, who similarly employed sex as a foundational theme, CANE considers areas of varied and sometimes extreme sexuality through the implementation of a poised and highly skilled aesthetic. This careful visual handling, at once a celebration and a questioning of an undeniably contentious subject, make this exhibition and accompanying book well worth a look.’

Because London link.

An interview on le cool London blog …

and this lovely piece in 1883

So keep a very open mind and come see the beauty that is RubiCANE and a look inside the mind and heart of the always clever and every-pushing-boundaries Ian Bruce at our Store.

The gorgeous, limited edition book, ‘Souvenir’, is available at our store for purchase.    To preview the book, Ian has produced this flip-through the pages video

Through the exhibition and book sales funds will be raised for an extraordinary charity called Outsiders; an organisation that does invaluable work to recognise the sexual needs of disabled people.

What They Look Like

From  http://thecomposites.tumblr.com/

 

This brilliant site takes literary descriptions and feeds them through law enforcement composite sketch software to create the ‘police sketch’ of what the character looks like….  freaky yet amazing.

for example:

Emma Bovary, Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

She was pale all over, white as a sheet; the skin of her nose was drawn at the nostrils, her eyes looked at you vaguely. After discovering three grey hairs on her temples, she talked much of her old age…Her eyelids seemed chiseled expressly for her long amorous looks in which the pupil disappeared, while a strong inspiration expanded her delicate nostrils and raised the fleshy corner of her lips, shaded in the light by a little black down.

Emma Bovary, Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert<br />
She was pale all over, white as a sheet; the skin of her nose was drawn at the nostrils, her eyes looked at you vaguely. After discovering three grey hairs on her temples, she talked much of her old age…Her eyelids seemed chiseled expressly for her long amorous looks in which the pupil disappeared, while a strong inspiration expanded her delicate nostrils and raised the fleshy corner of her lips, shaded in the light by a little black down.</p>
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