Welcome to the online hub and/or home of Scott Manley Hadley’s online video interview online series, Triumph of the Now TV, #TotNTV. Now with loadsa #lofi episodes to choose from!
TECHNOLOGY & THE INTERNET
Faruk Šehić, Eley Williams and Aleksandar Prokopiev discuss the challenges that technological change and social media pose to the contemporary writer. Solid Bald debuts his first wanderings into original material with a post-apocalyptic love song titled ‘Doggo Memes (At The End of the World)’.
Extra long episode of the show where Bosnian novelist, poet and former soldier Faruk Šehić discusses many topics. Some are very serious – such as his experiences fighting in a civil war – but some lighter ideas are discussed including the value of pop culture and the importance of nature.
STAGES OF LIFE
MEMORY & LOSS
Four writers discuss memory and loss, how objects and language influence the way we think about ourselves and our experiences. Quite intellectual, this one. Featuring Andrej Nikolaidis, Faruk Šehić, Eley Williams and Aleksandar Prokopiev (in that order).
READING (THE VERB)
Chris Jones reads a poem called ‘The Reading’, Faruk Šehić chats about Henry Miller, Harry Gallon names his favourite Kurt Vonnegut novel, Eley Williams chats about changing reading habits, Solid Bald performs an extract from an old Hip-Scott song. Eight minutes of literary mayhem!!!
ANDREJ NIKOLAIDIS’ OPEN ENDINGS
HOW DO PEOPLE WRITE?
WHY DO PEOPLE WRITE?
WHY IS SO MUCH LITERATURE SAD?
ALEKSANDAR PROKOPIEV’S FAIRY TALES
FERNANDO SDRIGOTTI ON SHORT STORIES
Fernando Sdrigotti returns for a brief spiel on short stories. Why aren’t they more popular?
Several writers who use different forms and styles discuss why a piece takes the form it takes. Speaking here to Faruk Sehic, Aleksandar Prokopiev, Eley Williams & Andrej Nikolaidis, writers published by Istros Books & Influx Press. Again, thanks for Burley Fisher Books for letting us use their basement for some of the filming:
ELLA FREARS ON POETRY & SCIENCE
Ella Frears has recently become poet in residence for the Cassini Space Mission (the one orbiting Saturn). Here she discusses the differences between poetry and science, and the motivations that led her to get involved with this project. Solid Bald returns to end the show:
WHAT IS POETRY?
ELEY WILLIAMS ON SYNAESTHESIA
Bonus, short, episode where Eley Williams discusses synaesthesia:
MUSIC & LITERATURE
Eley Williams reads ‘Alight at the Next’ and discusses success, language and giant sumatran rats:
ARE EDUCATION & CRITICISM CREATIVE?
READ WOMEN OR THE WHITE MALE NOVEL HASN’T CHANGED SINCE THE 20S
BATCH TWO TRAILER
EPISODE FOUR: FERNANDO SDRIGOTTI & XANTHI BARKER
Fernando Sdrigotti, editor of Minor Literature[s] and the author of Dysfunctional Males chats about London, booze, writing in a second language and the risks of masturbation. Xanthi Barker reads her stories ‘If I Was You’ and ‘The Problem Is’ and that sequinned weirdo #SOLIDBALD performs a fast, raucous, cover of Leonard Cohen’s slow and peaceful ‘Tower of Song’.
EPISODE THREE: HERMIONE EYRE & MAX SYDNEY SMITH
Hermione Eyre, journalist and author of Viper Wine, chats about modernism, postmodernism, alchemy, beauty and Truth, while Max Sydney Smith reads his short stories ‘We Did It’ and ‘The Boy Who Bit His Nails’, the second of which was published by Limehouse Books in The Open Pen Anthology. #SOLIDBALD performs ‘Over At The Frankenstein Place’ over them thur credits.
EPISODE TWO: ROS BARBER & HARRY GALLON
EPISODE ONE: B.S. Johnson Plays & Nell Osborne
Interview with the director (Carla Kingham) and cast of ‘You’re Human Like The Rest of Them’, a night of plays by B.S. Johnson performed at the Finborough Theatre in March 2017, plus a reading from Nell Osborne. #SOLIDBALD performs ‘Don’t You Want Me Baby?’.
Trailer, accompanied by #SOLIDBALD performing ‘Hand In My Pocket’.