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
. 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
. 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
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.