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Mystery solved.

Two and a half years ago, I decided that it would make sense for me to have an outlet to share things that I was excited about. So I started this blog.

It was conceived as a way of archiving things. The archive structures memory, but not always in a negative way. Some argue that we live in an age of too much information (and oversignification, to borrow Baudrillard’s term), and for a time, out of insecurity perhaps, or out of a sense of boredom (and one mustn’t underestimate boredom), I felt that I needed to cope with such a phenomenon.

Part of me also wanted to share, in the simplest way, these things that I was or would get excited about.

The last two years have seen me pick up so many new things and revisit so many old ones. The archive grew in its strange chronological manner. More like a diary, perhaps.

Today’s the day that it stops.

It seemed like a good day. It’s Julio Cortázar’s birthday after all.

There really isn’t much of a compelling reason. I suppose I’ve somehow consolidated enough for me to feel comfortable with my memory of these things. (I sometimes watch a film only to realise I’ve watched it before in the final ten minutes.) No, that doesn’t make much sense, but it’s the way I feel about it.

I think I also feel as if I wanted more out of this. So it is with a slight tinge of regret that I’m putting this behind. I had always wanted to do more with this. Starting small, I would start to have articles, longer articles, guest writers, and so on. Yet, I never really managed it. Whatever I managed to write, well, I never could spare the time or energy to really make any of them very worthwhile.

I’m only getting older and busier. It means that I grow tired easily. Not in the sense that I grow jaded or cynical, but simply physically tired. There’s also so many other things I have to or want to do. Projects to get started. Places to go. People to meet.

No, this doesn’t take that much time. Yet the discipline is peculiarly taxing.

I’m still excited about things. There are artists everywhere to discover. There are books waiting to be read, movies yet to be seen. And there are songs, old and new. I’m still excited, and I guess I want to say that I hope you will be too.

Nobody killed Lemmy Caution. There’s no way anyone could.

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Sick leave.

I’m too ill today to read anything, so I’ll leave you with some music. [via YouTube]

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We are two!

two!

Indeed, our humble little corner of the internet is two. While it’s not the most impressive site, I hope it’s been worth your while (and will continue to be, too).

I did start out with more of a hope that I would settle in and write actual articles, or to have other people do so, but… baby steps.

Looking ahead, I hope to have more regular and/or idiosyncratic features, as well as to adjust the scope of the site somewhat. I think those are reasonable short-term goals.

In the meantime, have a toast today on behalf of Who Killed Lemmy Caution?, and see you tomorrow.

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Merry Christmas, everybody.

christmas is coming

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500.

Well, that certainly didn’t take very long. This is the 500th post on this blog. Please allow me to celebrate with a Flaming Lips song.

[via YouTube]

I hope you’ll use this as an excuse to go buy yourself a cake or a balloon today. Have fun!

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Chapter One.

[1]

I wrote my first post for this blog promising very little. I think that was a good strategy.

[2]

A year ago, I started up this page with the idea that I would use it to share links and news of interest. A year. I didn’t quite think it would make it to a year. I was entering this half-thinking that it would peter out in three weeks and I’d shelf the idea for some other stage of my life. I’ve been blogging for a while now. I know the cycles that these projects can assume for me.

[3]

No, I’m not about to get all sentimental. But it is the birthday of Who Killed Lemmy Caution?, and I figured that in lieu of being extremely creative or extremely concise, it wouldn’t be so bad to have a look at what went well and what didn’t go so well in our first year.

We’re doing well, in a sense. We survived. We’ve had a good go at being diligent with postings, without this blog being (let’s be honest) a huge priority in my life. We’ve covered a reasonable range of stuff, if I dare say so myself, ranging from the more serious to the more eclectic. I mean, honestly, we even shared news about Jeffrey Eugenides’s vest.

We’re not massively popular. No way. We average somewhere between five to ten views a day. That can feel like a bit of a letdown sometimes, but other times, it’s called exceeding expectations.

So in a way, we’re not doing all that bad. Not superb, but not bad.

[4]

A look at my tag cloud tells me that my favourite topic appears to be Radiohead, followed by Bob Dylan, Samuel Beckett, and David Lynch in that sort of order. Also in the conversation are Roberto Bolaño, Björk, and James Joyce. I didn’t predict this sort of skewed representation (towards music) at the start, but I suspect most of it is down to the fact that I cover a smaller group of musicians as compared to writers. This is somewhat verified by the fact that my most popular category remains Literature (145 posts), with Music in second place (102 posts).

[5]

I don’t like to make promises with these blogging things. They’re like New Year resolutions (although it is appropriately the Chinese New Year): You either make them to fail or to succeed all too easily. That said, one of the things I would like to see in the future is more time spent onwriting long-reads of a sort. So far, I’ve taken to calling these Features. I haven’t had great success in producing a lot of content like this (actually, I only had four for the year) for a few reasons. Chiefly, I don’t make any money from this, and because I do have a lot of other work in a number of other places, it often becomes difficult to prioritise writing at length for this blog. Another reason (excuse, what-have-you) is that I didn’t plan to do so initially. The plan was simply to share stuff about the things that I like or love, and anything else would be a bonus. Having not planned for it, I had no consistent way of making it work.

And a third reason: we didn’t gain as much traction as we would have liked. I would have loved doing interviews and the like, but it’s simply not feasible at this stage of the blog’s life.

No promises, as I said, but I hope to do more of this in the future. I won’t be doing serious criticism like I do at school or anything as yet (that would probably be a tad optimistic) but I will try to write more in the way of impressions, special features (like last year’s Summer Reading List), event coverage, and maybe one or two surprises. I don’t think the blog will gain a tremendous amount of traction in the coming year, but if it does, it might also make talking to various people easier, thus giving us more content.

Another thing I would like to do is to live up to a promise that I made or an intention that I had a year ago. I’ll try to bring a bit more attention to the arts and culture scene of Singapore. My own fields of interest definitely do not aligned 100% with the arts in Singapore, being concentrated more usually in Europe, Latin America, and China, but there’s lots of good work in these parts that I should definitely be talking about more.

[6]

Happy birthday, WKLC. And to all the people who’ve stuck with us, it’s no luxury cruise liner, but here’s to even better times on our little drunken boat.

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Intermission in the meta dimension.

I started this blog in January last year. Which makes it almost a full year now. WordPress tells me that in that time (that is, in 2011), this blog was viewed 3486 times, which is much more than I was expecting, to be frank.

A quick thank you to each of you who contributed to that 3486.

Okay, intermission over. Onwards to the next year.

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300

Well, who would’ve thought? Not even a year in and we’re in our 300th post. That’s a perfect score in bowling, or so they tell me.

In celebration, let’s watch Enrique Vila-Matas talk to Paul Auster, in an event moderated by Eduardo Lago.

[via YouTube]

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200.

Oh hello. This is the 200th post on this blog. That’s fast. Much faster than I imagined. Well, I had a plan that I was hoping to announce along with this but that will take a little bit more work before it materialises. Meanwhile, I know it’s not the best blog in the world, but I hope you’ve enjoyed these first 200 posts. This means I’ve survived for probably slightly over half a year. (The very first post was in late January, if memory serves.) I have no idea how much longer it I can keep this going but we’ll see!

Meanwhile, thanks for reading, and keep sticking around if you like.

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Back in business.

After travelling to Malaysia, the UK, France, Hong Kong, and most recently, Korea, I’m back for the long term and it’ll be business as usual here in the foreseeable future.Good to be back.

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