21.6.06

Sent my book, White City, to my agent today. It's the solstice, & all that, & seemed like a good time ... couldn't do any more with it save wreck, perhaps, its fragile coherence. Last time I read it through, over last Sunday and Monday, it seemed more like a set of themes & variations than a story as such. I mean, it has a narrative, events unfold sequentially through time, but the writing has a tendency to riff around certain perennial preoccupations - mine & others - rather than gallop to an end. I guess that's okay. Guess it's fine. It just ... surprised me.

3 comments:

Jill said...

Any relation to THE White City, in Sydney? All the best with letting it go. Cheers, Jill

Martin Edmond said...

hi Jill - yes, an amusement park, a 'white city' as they were called, used to stand where the tennis courts now are in Rushcutters Bay ... the name came from the colour of the buildings at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 ...

Jill said...

Yes, I remember those tennis courts well. I was there the day Wendy 'Rabbit' Turnbull beat Pam Shriver in the NSW Championships. We weren't there for that actual match (watched it on the telly - it went on and on and ...) but we saw earlier matches. And who could forget the Stadium nearby? J