Doug Skinner: An Archive on Your Gizmo

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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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Bloated Plutocrats on Parade

March 7th, 2017 · No Comments

Here they come! Get out of their way!

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Le Scat Noir 221

March 1st, 2017 · No Comments

The 221st issue of Le Scat Noir is out, and available for download over here. You can admire another page of my musical instrument drawings, and read a cornucopia of fine material by an international array of writers and artists.

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Café

February 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment

An illustration from Chapter 44 of Captain Cap, by Alphonse Allais, in my illustrated translation available from Black Scat Books. The scene shows a café after Allais and Cap have had a few drinks.

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The Scale or Ladder of Man’s Life

February 5th, 2017 · No Comments

A setting of Francis Bacon, from his book The History of Life and Death. He summarized the human life cycle in one sentence, and I thought it called for music.

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