dddd is dead, long live dddd!July 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Posted in musings, no audience underground, not bloody music | Leave a comment
Tags: dddd, zines
Those of you that use this page as a one-stop portal for all things fringe and no-audience may have noticed that the link to DDDD fanzine has disappeared. Well, that is because the thing it linked to has disappeared too: it is with great sadness that I announce the passing of the DDDD website. I was gobsmacked to find it online in the first-place – in all its luddite, cut-and-paste glory – and am now gobsmacked to find it gone. No half measures or scaling back with Simon: he decided that he’d had enough of the internet and, in a gargantuan attack of ‘burn the diaries!’ scorched-earthism, deleted the lot. I’ve no idea if he has kept the original hand-assembled text and collages, but I can’t help imagining him and Pippa whistling merrily as they stoke a bonfire in the back garden…
As a brief eulogy, allow me the indulgence of quoting from an email I sent to Simon a while back. In response to kind comments he made about this blog, I said:
…Would it sound too fake if I said the feeling is reciprocated? The aspects of DDDD that you so often bemoan: the indecision, the incoherence, the repetition, the self-loathing are essential parts of what makes it, well, essential and are as crucial as the enthusiasm, the wit, the bloodyminded tenacity. Yours is a voice that screams “I AM HUMAN AND I NEED TO BE LOVED, JUST LIKE ANYBODY ELSE DOES” with all the heartbreaking contradictions that entails. It is a cool stream in an otherwise arid desert of the boring and the witless and the cocksure.
I’ll miss it. At the risk of ludicrously inflating my own part in this, I can’t shake un uneasy feeling that I’m partly to blame. Simon’s downloading addiction had reached such a hysterical pitch that it appeared to be affecting his mental health – the evidence was in the writing – and I staged an intervention (which, thinly veiled, can be read about in a previous post below). I wonder if that planted the seed? Hmmm… nah, just my monstrous ego playing up: Simon did say that he felt it would peter out eventually so I suppose that’s just what happened.
But, but – hang on a minute – what’s that?!? Dry your eyes! There is news! Perhaps sometime in the future DDDD will be returning in paper form to a letterbox near you, or, even better, that letterbox could open to reveal Simon’s eyes as he shouts “I know you’re in there!”. See the mysterious New Luddism Wikispace for details…