He Will Laugh

I’m sorry to say that thanks to a storm named Isaac — in Hebrew, a name that means “he will laugh” — my time in Edinburgh has been cut short, and that I’m headed home to the US for the foreseeable future.

On the upside: following the rule that says to cook everything in the flat before you go, this evening saw the emptying of the refrigerator into one of the more memorable omelettes I’ve ever cooked: six eggs, three kinds of cheese (two blue), fat red onion, fresh rosemary, herbes de Provence, spinach, ginger, half a dozen different seasonings, and other ingredients that, thanks to a dash or two of something else, have curiously eluded my memory. In other words: further research is required.

Edinburgh Review 135 Launch

After a brilliant two weeks on the road, spun between the Wilderness Festival on one end and the Uncivilisation festival on the other — thanks to the organisers of both for such spectacular events — it’s good to be back in Edinburgh. Plenty going on: such as the Edinburgh International Book Fair, at which Carlos Gamerro and László Krasznahorkai gave stirring, thought-provoking readings last night, the Festival of Politics all weekend long, and this Friday night, the launch of the new Edinburgh Review at Word Power Books. I’m honored to be reading alongside Patience Agbabi and Brian McCabe; if you’re in the area, do stop by for some new poetry — and failing that, of course, a glass of wine.

Reading starts at 7; details are here.

Journalism in New Orleans

And– for those in the New Orleans area, UptownMessenger.com reports that a panel discussion will take place tonight at Loyola University on the future of journalism in the city. The details are:

A panel of national advocates for quality journalism will convene at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 8) on the campus of Loyola University seeking input from community members on what the news should look like and how it should be delivered in New Orleans after the newspaper ceases daily publication, sponsored in part by The Lens. The discussion will be held in Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall at 1700 Calhoun St., and will be broadcast live on Uptown Messenger and other members of the New Orleans Digital New Alliance.

Anticipatory Histories in Glasgow

The Ashden Directory have just put up a short piece, a part-travelogue and part-book review based on a recent adventure at a ruined seminary west of Glasgow. It’s a fascinating place — anyone traveling in that part of Scotland should add it to their itinerary.

This weekend, however, I’m excited to head ‘down south’ to the Wilderness Festival in Cornbury Park, appearing with Gregory Norminton, Paul Kingsnorth, and Bradon Smith as part of a panel on new climate fiction organised by the Secret Forum. The discussion will actually be somewhat broader than that, taking in nonfiction and manifesto writing as well, but we’re all excited to think together about the new directions that environmentally-minded work is now pursuing. Anyone who’s planning to be at Wilderness, we hope to see you there. But you know what they say about all work and no play: after the event, we’re going fly fishing.

Hell, maybe beforehand, too.