imomus (imomus) wrote,

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),

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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Momus, I'm not happy about this. I hope you're a liar who comes back to write some more. With the passing of your blog I have lost entree into a fantastic world, a classy name to spruce up my flist, and a treasured correspondent.

You dick.
Monumental! Fare thee well, and best wishes for a happy birthday/another half century of awesome.
I have to imagine at some point a longer form of communication will attract you again. Until then, twitter it is.


February 10 2010, 02:59:42 UTC 14 years ago

like cobain dying, all over again
God be with you, Nick. It was always inspiring, sometimes galling, but never boring.

Keep us posted on the future endeavors.

from the Bay Area, California, United States of America.
RIP Click Opera! i can say i knew you when!

i will hold fondly in my heart memories of arguing about hipsters and fetishes, bright colored sneakers, and clumsily hitting on you


February 10 2010, 03:04:46 UTC 14 years ago

i love you momus
ahh i'm tearing up
Farewell, Click Opera!

Hello, Momus!

Perhaps one day we may find ourselves together on that crazy other side of the internet called reality, and then I will be able to convey properly how much I have appreciated the effort you have put into all of your output.

But, until then, so long, and thanks for all the clicks!


February 10 2010, 03:13:59 UTC 14 years ago

Good night and good luck!
erudite, a delight, pleasant, patchy and catchy

ever yours

Thank you for all the time and effort you put into Click Opera these years. Best of luck on your future plans.
I will miss you on this page!



February 10 2010, 03:34:10 UTC 14 years ago

Happy Birthday, once and future king!
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