Forget Twitter and Facebook. Forget Myspace (oh, you already have). Noveller is the new hip social media destination of choice, especially for all insufferable literary types. Or, as they describe it themselves: “Noveller is without a doubt the best way to write and deconstruct text right now”. Quite. You’ll find me there under my username: @muraki-ate-my-hamster.
Amidst all the intellectual (and, of course, very middle-class) debate about how calmly and lucidly Belle de Jour handled her decision, back in 2003, to embark on a (brief) career as a call girl in order to fund her PhD studies, and how expertly she has now handled the revelation of her true identity, the other side of the story seems to have been rather forgotten: namely, that prostitution isn’t all ITV-peaktime-high-gloss-airbrushed-drama-starring-Billie-Piper. I’m glad that The Guardian has remembered, at least.
“The truth is, once your work achieves a certain degree of adulation for doing something (especially something as egotistical as blogging), it is basic human nature to want to shout “THAT WAS ME! I DID THAT”. And as the adulation builds, so too does the desire until you simply can’t contain it any longer – and you either become deliberately sloppy in protecting your identity or you go the whole hog and pick up the phone to India Knight at the Sunday Times.”—
[And in case you’re wondering, Belle de Jour has outed herself in the national press, having managed to spin out two books covering her 14 months as a high-class call girl (with two more on the way, apparently). Thanks to gossip on Twitter, I have realised only this morning that way back in 2001 or so, I met the ‘real’ BdJ a couple of times - before she took to her ‘career’ - as a result of being part of the then relatively small world of UK blogging. I mention this not as a claim to fame, nor as a bid to say ‘I know people who are in the news’, but because this simple fact makes me no more interested in, or impressed by, the whole saga. I remain exceptionally cynical about it. But that’s just my personal opinion, you understand.]
BBC News investigates the world of people who openly wear furry animal outfits. Personally, I’m waiting for this report to transfer to current affairs TV. Andrew Marr would look wonderful dressed in a pink bunny suit.