Doug Skinner: An Archive on Your Gizmo

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The Cocktail Hour

May 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

The Cocktail Hour is now available! This classic cocktail guide from 1927 contains 224 recipes collected by Marcel Requien, and a running commentary on the proper drink (and etiquette) for every hour of the day by Lucien Farnoux-Reynaud. The bilingual edition from Corps Reviver includes the original French text, an English translation by Doug Skinner and Gaylor Olivier, and 34 new illustrations by Tony Brook. It’s 256 pages! You can order it here!

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My Pal Satan

May 14th, 2017 · No Comments

A cheery tribute to a special friend.

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Le Scat Noir 223

May 2nd, 2017 · 1 Comment

Le Scat Noir 223 is now available! This is the Eros issue, so expect plenty of spicy content. My drawings of musical instruments offer welcome relief from the dirty parts.

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Reading Alphonse Allais

April 30th, 2017 · No Comments

The book blog Wuthering Expectations has commented on my translations of Alphonse Allais from time to time. You’ll probably want to read those posts, which you can do over here.

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Worthless Little Moments

April 16th, 2017 · No Comments

A song about life’s blank spots. Here, as usual, is the beginning.

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Le Scat Noir 222

April 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Issue 222 of Le Scat Noir is now available from Black Scat Books. You can download it for free in the handy PDF format. This issue contains, among other things, another page of my musical instrument drawings and a selection from I Am Sarcey.

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I Am Sarcey

April 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Francisque Sarcey was Paris’s most celebrated critic in the 1890s, and one of its most conservative. He famously panned Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi as “a filthy fraud that deserves nothing but the silence of contempt,” and praised light, commercial fare. Not surprisingly, he became an object of derision for young poets and artists. Nobody took the ridicule further than Alphonse Allais, who appropriated Sarcey’s byline for a series of articles in the Bohemian paper Le Chat Noir. Allais’s Sarcey was an obese buffoon who boasted about his appetite, complained about his constipation and impotence, and championed mediocrity in the arts: a memorable comic character who often overshadowed the original.

Doug Skinner has selected, translated, and annotated this famous journalistic prank. It’s now available from Black Scat Books or Amazon.

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Ask Me No Questions, I’ll Punch You No Face

March 26th, 2017 · No Comments

A spirited song, appropriate for many social situations. Here’s the first verse of six.

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It’s Easy to Be an Eccentric Nowadays

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

As our society grows more conservative and conformist, it doesn’t take much to be considered an eccentric. And it will only get worse, I’m afraid…

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Musical Instruments (2)

March 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Here’s another page of my musical instrument drawings. They’re appearing every month in Le Scat Noir, available for no money from Black Scat Books. The next issue is due out April 1. Watch this space!

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