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Walking To Hollywood, By Will Self
Friday 26 August 2011
Self's latest work has its roots in the once fashionable notion that walking is a radical act. In this triptych of surreal tales that come dressed as memoir, Self takes on the role of loquacious author-narrator.
In "Very Little", he describes his relationship with celebrated sculptor and dwarf, Sherman Oakes, who aged 13 threatened to walk into the local bakery stripped naked except for a skullcap and attaché case.
In the centrepiece, "Walking to Hollywood", Self walks across LA, only to realise that he's part of a movie and that every character he meets is played by a celebrity.
Finally in "Spurn Head", he tramps the coast of East Yorkshire, finding in the crumbling cliffs an extended metaphor for what he suspects is the early on-set of Alzheimer's.
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