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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.


Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
click snif

Hello Nicholas

Je suis un peu triste
Mais je continuerai à suivre tes aventures ailleurs


Heureux anniversaire !


Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:49 am (UTC)
last click opera post

I have read click opera everyday for the last five years, it has been a truly mind expanding experience and I'm going to miss it. Thank you for making people think. Robert, someone who has followed your work for over 20 years.


Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)

Great stuff, have really enjoyed Click Opera and it will be sadly missed. Hope you go on to further great things. You should come and lecture at my art school, though it would involve a trip back to London...

Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 09:55 am (UTC)
Star forever

First of all, I wish to thank you, Momus, for all the pleasure this blog has given me. It has been phenomenal, thought provoking and altogether fantastic.
...and all the nice, smart and crazy people visiting...Whimsy, Nicepimmelkarl, Anne Laplantine, Marxy, Active Suspension gang, panarchist, cap, silenceinspades, david fenech, dzima, stanley etc etc.

There is an event celebrating Momus's birthday and the completion of this blog adventure in Stockholm tomorrow. It' s at Snotty's. It'll be packed so arrive early.

The most important man alive: Friendly Noise firar Momus födelsedag.
Lots of people playing their favorite Momus songs. Everyone in the audience is a star forever.

Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 10:07 am (UTC)
Re: Star forever

Wow, that's genuinely surprising and moving!

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Wed, Feb. 10th, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)

So long and thanks for all the Momus! Diligent reader of 4 years, at 28 years old that's more commitment than I've ever given anyone. I might be tearing up or it might just be the eye-infection, either way I'm sure it's your fault.

oh and happy birthday...


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.


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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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?

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

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


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


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?


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.



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?

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!

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

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

Goodbye :')


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.