‘Juliet, Naked’ is finished and comes out in September, in the UK and US.
‘An Education’ is released in September in the US, October in the UK. The screenplay will be published by Penguin later in the year.
I’m currently writing, with Giles Smith, the rest of our radio comedy series ‘The Richest Man In Britain’, scheduled to be broadcast on Radio 4 later in the year.
The Foldsby project (and let’s all hope that this album is five parts Ben Folds to two parts Hornby) is still on course for next year, although I think it’s fair to say that as we speak there are more lyrics than there is music.
And I’ve just been asked to write an introduction to a book of photographs that the amazing Numero Group is publishing, also in September. The Numero Group is a reissue label, although that description hardly does justice to their range of interests, nor to their enviable sense of style: look at their catalogue and you want everything, every album and T-shirt and trading card. In some ways, it’s reminiscent of how McSweeneys works – if you buy into the aesthetic, then you’re prepared to shell out for stuff you didn’t even know you wanted. For one hundred dollars you can become a subscriber, and cool things will just keep coming through your letter box. Anyway, the photos I’m writing about were taken in Chicago South Side clubs in the mid-seventies, and they’re wonderful.