Ricardo Blanco's Blog

Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Shane MacGowan, Charles Bukowski and all

Can you do a music review before listening to the music? Let’s see. Yesterday I received through the post the new CD by Tom Waits, though I have not had the nerve to play it yet. I am… Read More

Never any end to Paris

Extraordinary as it might seem to his many readers worldwide, Enrique Vila-Matas is practically unknown in the UK, another startling blemish on the blinkered, xenophobic, utterly predictable tastes of the British publishing industry, for which anything that deviates… Read More

Post-canícula promenade

  The howling of the village dogs has calmed down over the past week, due to the passing of the canícula (named for the dog star, Sirius, and its associated theme of mad dogs/midday sun, hence also ‘dog… Read More

How to write a novel in 13 points

Sometimes people ask really difficult questions. One of them, which crops up a lot, is ‘Who is your favourite living novelist’? First of all, it’s assumed it will be someone who writes in English, because the British and… Read More

Kafka and Obsession

“Hold fast to the diary from today on! Write regularly! Don’t surrender! Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it at every moment.” Huzzah! Never before, I suggest, has this ejaculation been used… Read More

Roberto Bolaño, disappearances, and the Welsh

“To the south they discovered rail lines and slum soccer fields surrounded by shacks, and they even watched a match . . .  between a team of the terminally ill and a team of the starving to death,… Read More