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Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 03:39 am
Hello! This is Click Opera.

1. What's this? This is the last entry in the blog called Click Opera, which means that, in the funny through-the-looking-glass world of blogs, it's the first page future internauts and web adventurers will come to. So think of this not so much as an ending as an entrance. What you've reached is the door to "probably the best-written blog on the Anglophone web", according to Warren Ellis. "It doesn't get any better than Click Opera," said novelist Dennis Cooper.



2. Who's behind Click Opera? The best introduction to who I am is this article in The Guardian Review. I'm a Scot, a musician, a writer, and -- according to this page, gulp! -- the 4697th most significant contemporary visual artist working today. My Wikipedia page is here. You can download six of my early albums free here. Books I've written are here and here. I want to write more books, so if you're a publisher email me! That goes for people wanting to reproduce bits of this blog in print, too.

3. Where can we find out what you're up to, post-blog? From my "personal digital assistant" Maria Wolonski, who announces my engagements in the charming, ringing tones of a talking clock. From the Momus concerts page on LastFM. From my Flickr page and my two YouTube accounts, momasu and bookofjokes. I may even revive my old website (1995-2003), imomus.com.

4. What do you plan to do now? I want to write books and articles. Maybe teach at an art school. Deliver lectures in many lands. Make some more records. Play concerts. Walk around the world. Learn to speak Japanese and live in Japan. Write my own regular newspaper column of cultural commentary (I've written for people like Wired, The New York Times, Frieze, Spike, The Wire, 032c). Hold some more art shows. If you can help me realise these dreams, email me, please!

5. If I want to stage a Momus concert, what do I need to do? Tell your friendly local promoter (or it could be an art gallerist, store owner, festival director) that all I require is travel expenses (from Berlin), accommodation, plus a fee of around €1000 for a regular Momus show (festivals tend to pay more). If that works for the promoters, get them to drop me a line and we'll take it from there. I also do art performances -- live storytelling and unreliable tours.



6. Will you keep the Click Opera archive up indefinitely? Yes, I will. If you feel like helping with the modest LiveJournal and PhotoBucket hosting costs -- or compensating me directly for some illegal mp3s of my songs you've downloaded -- you can make a donation via PayPal here.

7. What's the best way to search the Click Opera archive? Simply type the word imomus plus your search term into a search engine, then follow the links headed "Click Opera".

8. Will you keep reading and responding to comments left under this entry? Yes, I will. Leave your email address if you want a personal response.

9. Why did you stop updating Click Opera? Not because anything went wrong or it got unpleasant. Quite the reverse, in fact. Click Opera was just too damned good: too compelling, too time-consuming, too satisfying. It took over my life. It became my job, the main topic of my conversation, the hub of my self-mediated fame: "Aren't you that guy from the internet?" (Read the piece called Clickswansong if you want to know more about why this blog came to a "happy ending". Or listen to this radio interview with KCSB's Colin Marshall.)

10. Can I step through the door now? Please do! There's a lot to read! You can browse backwards from here, or start at the beginning (Thursday January 15th 2004) and work forwards. The calendar is your friend, or you may prefer to read through the titles displayed in the month view.

Thanks to everyone who's contributed to Click Opera, this big vineyard! You've given me years of pleasure! Happiness, as T.E. Lawrence said, "is a by-product of absorption", and blogging -- the best hobby I ever had -- has been absorbing indeed.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)

Cheerio & good luck with your future endeavours. I've enjoyed your blog very much; I hope you come up with something suitable to replace it. More book and records, please.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
to jolt to attack the mind of the public otherwise what use is he and why is he born

alll the best
many happy returns
whatever that means


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realrealgone
realrealgone
realrealgone
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 10:38 am (UTC)

Happy Half-Century. Welcome to the future!

If you had one piece of sage advice to leave your readers with, what would it be I wonder?


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bennycornelius
bennycornelius
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)

Ave atque Vale! Very sad to see the blog go, very happy it existed...


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
Final Curtain

Thanks Nick, for all the time and effort you devoted to this site!

Not only were your topics and observations some of the most compelling on the web, your design chops in both layout and images have been greatly admired.

You did an admirable job of keeping the skin thick while dealing with the empty calories of drive by snark.

My favorite blog/website has always been click opera and I will miss my daily dose.

Also for the record, my top 13 favorite Momus songs {in no particular order} are:
1. Paper Wraps Rock
2. Summer Holiday 1999
3. The Invisible Man
3. Afterglow
4. I Had A Girl
5. Red Pajamas
6. Cibachrome Blue
7. Complicated
8. Jackie Onassis
9. Good Morning World
10. It's Important To Be Trendy
11. Enlightenment
12. Yokohama Chinatown
13. Lucky Like St. Sebastian

Thanks for the ride so far and kindest all ways...

- rickio woods


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)

Thankyou Nick, thankyou Momus!

Another longtime anon. You've been tremendously problematic for me, but its been so useful to be able to engage with you, and others here, in debate. I appreciate the fact that you have made yourself available, and have managed to stand the strain of daily rigorous assault. On my side, many headaches have ensued, along with a few little sparks of enlightenment : )

What to do with the ClickOpera-shaped gap?


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)

Dear Momus, as you stride blog-free into this sixth decade of your life, remember also to keep a close watch on your nether regions. You may not be aware of this, but men in their fifties often develop an inability to maintain an erection that is sufficiently firm to achieve full penetration. The technical term for this condition is "lazy erection". You are a keen cyclist as well, so you should also know that erectile dysfuction is associated with this mode of transport. The number of hours on a bike and/or the pressure on the penis from the saddle of an upright bicycle is directly related to penile performance. Please bear these key facts in mind as you sail on through your fifties, sixties, and with a touch of luck, beyond.

Vale!


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
Bye Click Opera, fly away Nick!

Thanks so much for the range and generosity of your writing. It's been a tough job sometimes to keep up with, but always, always rewarding.

Best wishes for whatever's next!

Norman Lamont (no relation) himself 'at' normanlamont.com

PS In the subject line I hurriedly wrote 'Bye Click Opera, flay away Momus' I wonder if I should have left that?


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ewok_sister
ewok_sister
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)

Good luck, Momus. If it wasn't for click opera, my approach towards art would be incredibly cheerless. When i started reading this blog, it feels like you dragged me out of a big depression. Hats off for that!


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scribbled_mess
scribbled_mess
scribbled_mess
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)

I really enjoyed reading your posts even tho' I never really commented.

Goodbye :')


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC)

Thank you Momus!

There goes my breakfast reading material for the last 5 or so years!

During this time it has been thoroughly interesting and thought provoking.

All the best to you with whatever you do.

Much love from Tokyo.


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faunflynn
faunflynn
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
Hippo birdie two ewes

Unlike what the gangster in 'Performance' says you don't 'Look funny when you're fifty.'
You still look pretty damn cool. If you were gay I could put it down to the Peter Pan effect but as you are just an anarchic libertine I can't.
Happy birthday Nick and have a rich and happy life full of high quality being rather than the cheap capitalist having that passes for being in our aspirational salmagundy.

You have been a real inspiration. Your music as much as your writting. I shall miss your missives as much as I would miss a friend. Keep on kicking Mr Momus!

Hail and farewell ! The brides of Enderby are calling. Respect.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
From Covent Garden to Tasmania... thank you

From meeting you at a Pierre et Gilles book launch in Covent Garden circa 1993 to visiting your blog daily since its inception, first from Melbourne and for the last three years in Tasmania, it's been a long and fruitful relationship. Living, as I now do, in a city the size of a suburb at the end of the world, your words and images have helped me feel connected and alive. Bed-time will never be the same again. Thank you.


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thomascott
thomascott
Thomas Scott
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday Momus.

Well, I am admittedly sad to see the end of Click Opera; in the years of following the blog, I have become fond of it, of you and of several individuals in the virtual community that sprung up around it.
My thanks and appreciation for the articles, the exchanges and the generosity of spirit, creativity and intellectual energy that you brought to this remarkable project.
I will look forward to reading more articles by you elsewhere and wish you the very best with your future endeavours.

Best Wishes - Thomas.



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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)

Having a few days to think about it I'm not sad at all; I'm so proud of all your work and I feel privileged to be alive in an era when you were around and creating, you are so important and I can't wait to see what you do next.

All my love Momus xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for all the interesting reading you've given over the years. I've never commented before, but I've been reading entries and comments since '06, and I don't regret a single minute I've spent checking the latest entry when I should have been doing coursework.

Good luck with everything you do from here on, and come play a gig in Stockholm some day!

/axel


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olliecrafoord
olliecrafoord
Ollie Crafoord
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)

No, no, no. I'm terribly upset to read this news. Your blog has been such a joy to read. How could you!


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)

I deleted my LJ account and went anonymous the day you announced your blog would end.

Hmmm.

Now it is ending, or has ended....

You are an artist. I wish you many more metamorphoses, and many lifetimes before you die.

(I wish that for me, too.)


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)

Fuck off then ya wanker (an affectionate punch).


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jdcasten
J.D. Casten
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
Future Nostalgia

Congratulations on your conclusion of Click Opera, and good luck (and such skill!) in your future endeavors; and also… Happy Birthday!

I’ve only known the world of Momus for about a year… a bit of a n00b compared to some decade+ long listeners, contributors, friends etc; but in that year, I’ve learned much about culture, art, music, and more… what is possible.

I think you’re brilliant… expect more genius in the future; and would like to thank you for not cutting me any slack for my “mental disability” when responding… and for introducing me to so many interesting commenting folks as well (I’ll miss many of you too).


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Future Nostalgia

same here; you're contributions were always a cut above; all the best with your further work...


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)

Bye, and thanks Nick. I've been reading your stuff for nearly 10 years, and you've introduced me to many new ideas.

It's a shame that you're finishing Click Opera, but I intend to follow you in print, and perhaps in person if you come to the UK occasionally.

All the best.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)

I can't wait to see your upcoming works and projects; I approached so many new and old ideas, seen cities and countries under a new perspective, thanks to this blog and your thoughts.

take care
Carlito

http://bizcarlito.tumblr.com/


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)

impressive body of work.
a masterpiece.
happy birthday.

-- the minimalist


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)

It was fun sparring with you, my friend.

marxy


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)

But couldn't exactly the same thing be said of the West?

;-)


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
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well thank god, i'll finally have time to go through all the older posts. reading a new one everyday was much too absorbing for me too!
haha.
good luck!
(がんばって and so on ... )


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
Bye

Happy birthday and farewell. Today is my birthday too, I'm exactly 10 years younger than you. I will miss Click Opera. I'm sure there is nothing that could replace it. So, thank you for all these years.


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