by Aaron Tingz, Thud Dub Books

Aaron Tingz a.k.a Mark Mace Smith wrote Jobseeker's Annoyance in 2003, and it is part diary, part open letter describing what he experienced during one month when he tried to transfer his benefit claim.  The events at his local b'roo are quite normal and yet by describing them Aaron Tingz shares a kind of surreal nightmare that many claimants experience and can do little about.
 
Jobseeker's Annoyance is uniquely funny with a wit all its own.  It's not an attack on the benefits system but it does single out one particular Job Centre and rather than naming the staff who seem typically ignorant of the service's systems and procedures, Aaron Tingz gives them all the name of the Job Centre's area manager - Birnie.

By The Two Brothers

Lurid Critical Document and Bad Press. 

Finite Love proves that whatever you write you can’t help but meaning something. 

Finite Love also proves that ‘all / pez doth emerge from  a salsa / fez oracle,’ (PREFACE).

The strength of The Red Man Turns to Green (which I think is correctly titled ‘the red man turns to green’ as capitalisation isn’t a feature that the author much employs in this great assortment) is in the attention to the finer points of storytelling. 

If you wanted a straight-up master class on short story writing you could do worse than follow these cues, employed without effort by Dickson Telfer: recognisable characters, sketched confidently, and placed in strong, clear dramatic situations.

The landscape of Couples (Alfred A. Kopf, 1968) is the post-pill paradise of  Middle Class America, and features many of the most well-drawn characters you would never want to know. 

You have to marvel at Updike’s own criticism of his books. Couples, he said,’ is not about sex as such: It's about sex as the emergent religion, as the only thing left.’ (John Updike, "Appendix: One Big Interview," Picked-Up Pieces, New York: Knopf, 1975. p. 505. )

I have to admit that I am up for pretty much anything when it comes to Loch Ness and the Loch Ness monster.

It’s a fascination that began early and having spent so much time as a young person on those hallowed shores, generally around the area of Dores, I’ve never given up an interest in the mythical beast, although I can’t say I’ve ever been a believer, even when young.