Sunday, 17 October 2010

The Excavation of Lucy Ellmann

List of book reviews and articles from over a decade for those seeking an extra Ellmann fix. You’re welcome. All links are to book reviews unless indicated or obvious.

The Guardian:

Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto (2010)
Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (2010)
Smile or Die (2010)
Wetlands (2009)
Muse (2008)
Manual (2008)
The Naked Man (2008)
Clean: An Unsanitised History of Washing (2008)
Little Constructions (2007)
When to Walk (2007)
The Big Fat Bitch Book (2007)
Gargantua & Pantagruel (2006)
Greed (2006)
Lost Hearts in Italy (2006)
The Book of Fathers (2006)
Adverbs (2006)
The Dream Life of Sukhanov (2006)
Tête-à-tête: The Lives and Loves of Simone De Beauvior & Jean-Paul Sartre (2006)
Big Bosoms & Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer (2005)
A Changed Man (2005)
Truth & Consequences (2005)
Come Thou Tortoise (2004)
Millennium Baby Blues (1999, article)
Gym Modified bods (1999, article)
My PET hates (1999, article)
Liberty, equality and CARNALITY (1999, article)
The age of reason: Bra humbug (1999, article)

NY Times:

Snuff (2008)
Arlington Park (2007)
Depths (2007)
American Genius (2006)
The Thin Place (2006)
My Father is a Book (2006)
The Pagoda in the Garden (2005)
The Letters of Lytton Strachey (2005)

The Independent:

Well-Remembered Friends (2004)
Why can’t women be more like men and enjoy failing (1997, article)
Family hell and a voice from heaven (1996, TV review)
This tiresome search for a lesson in everything (1996, article)
Better to be born an elephant (1996, TV review)
Dennis the ancient menace (1996, TV review)
Multicoloured salads and other disturbances (1996, article)
I have a civic duty to be happy (1996, article)
Violent society? I blame those cannelloni recipes (1996, article)
Sam Spade takes up economics for Britain (1996, TV review)
Good morning with Anne and Liz . . . Di, Chas and Eddie (1996, TV review)
Tony and I are deeply concerned about the poor poverty (1996, article)
If music be the food of love, I want to know why (1996, TV review)
When did you last learn something from a tennis commentator? (1996, TV review)
The mystery is: why do we go on watching? (1996. TV review)
Queen of the screen (1995, TV review)
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so (1995, TV review)
Laugh? I nearly did (1995, TV Review)
Mad cows and Englishmen (1995, TV Review)
Read it here: the thriller you won’t want to pick up (1995, article)
Dear Malcolm, How do you do? Super, I hope (1995, article)
Keep young and beautiful if you want to be read (1995, article)
In a perfect world we would do without it (1993, article)

I found a few morsels on the Washington Post and TLS websites, but these bastards charge to read archived work. That’s enough (for me) at the present moment, I should think.


  1. Who is this Lucy E. you're talking about? I have never ever heard about her before. Would you say you'd recommend any of these (or other) writings on her?

    I'm suspecting this is just a part of a campaign of yours to make me act on your recommendation and finally read some Lucy E. I also suspect I am the center of the universe and that the world will come to an end when I die.

  2. Haha! You are immortal! And you've used italics successfully on a comment. Wow.

    Yes read Lucy Ellmann. Start with Sweet Desserts and then read Varying Degress of Hopelessness, Man or Mango, Dot in the Universe and Doctors and Nurses. There must be one copy in a Norwegian library.

  3. It is noted. Or actually, it is not, since it's written right here on the internet, available from this or any other location, 24/7. As soon as I escape the clasps of the Middle East I vow to figure out a way to find me a Lucy E. (in the above described order) and at the very least put it on the same shelf as the other unread books I own, if not actually read.

    And yes. I am capable of unbelievable things, like immortality and italics.

  4. Remind me to send you a copy of "Doctors & Nurses" on your next birthday if you have no luck. If your birthday is tomorrow, you'll have to make do with Eggers.

    I also find asking questions in comments is a good test of reader-respondship. Don't you? Isn't it cold all of a sudden? Who's the sexiest Chilean miner?

  5. I happen know Mari's next birthday is about timed so you should ship it NOW.

    Sweet Desserts, eh? But Man or Mango sounds so appealing... almost like an unaswerable question...

    Okay... I will see what the library has of hers... (I may have limited options)

  6. Mark - definitely a good test. Just see how many times I have come back to visit to this one post by the repeatedly unignorable comment replies you provide. It is cold, but not all of a sudden. Norway, remember. And Mario, the younger, because he is the only one I remember at the moment. Though he is balding and has that coal dust disease...

    Tami - tsk, tsk, a lady never reveals her birthday (or is that age?). Unless it's on Facebook. We tend to reveal more than we're aware of there.

  7. Tart: Man or Mango is awesome. It involves beekeeping and Moby Dick. As I said, awesome.

    CC: Mario is a cutie. The Yorkshire miners, of which my great uncle was one, in 1974 never had this much TV coverage. Unfairness!

    You are hereby excused from responding to this. If you actually returned to read it, you are madder than I thought.

  8. Mad! Mad! Mad! Mario! Mad! Yorkshire? Mad! Your uncle lived? I can't follow that with another "Mad!", though now that there is a sentence between... Mad!

    I only returned to tell you that you remind me of David Bowie. In a non-creepy eye way. (I solemnly promise not to return to read any further replies to this post.) (Oh, who am I kidding. Of course I'll return. Because of the MAD!)

  9. David Bowie? Is he a prolific blog commenter, or did you mean a facial resemblance?

    Whoops. That was a question. No need to answer. I'll take the compliment/insult and be grateful. (I'm a big Bowie fan, esp. the Scary Monsters album. It's no GAAAAAAAAAME!).