When I was busy finishing my last book Sculptures of Melbourne my wife asked me what my next book would be. It was not the question that I wanted to hear then but she did help me work through a few ideas. It was worth asking the question because it was the same question that my publisher asked me just after my book launch. Fortunately by then my wife had helped me find an answer and my publisher liked the idea.
My next book will be A Brush With the Law, stories of true art crimes in Melbourne, or some title like that; I don’t have a deep commitment to titles because my titles have often been changed. It will be published, whatever the title is, by Melbourne Books in early 2018. To keep to that schedule means finishing writing the book in the next couple of weeks. Then will come meetings with the editor, the copy editor, the book layout designer and eventually the person doing the publicity. For more clues about the content of the book see my blog post from last year.
I have no ideas for another book after this one. I don’t even have ideas to reject and I don’t want to think about that now. Perhaps I will find it writing more blog posts, exploring the city or taking with someone. It is not going to be about taking a walk there are too many people writing books about walking. The best of these books is Frédéric Gros A Philosophy of Walking (translated by John Howe, Verso, London, 2014); this is not ‘philosophy’ as in ‘new age nice thoughts’ but the rigorous hard thinking of Kant, Nietzsche and the ancient Cynics in relationship to ambulation. Not that Gros has written a dense academic examination, it is an entertaining read, but chapters about Ghandi, Rousseau or Rimbaud walking is about as light as he gets.
I haven’t been posting on this blog as often as I usually do because I am working on my book. However after all these years of writing this blog I don’t want to give it up because this is where I get many of my ideas.
July 26th, 2017 at 7:11 AM
Hi Mark, while I miss your regular blog posting I am looking forward to the publication of your next book. What a fascinating subject. Thanks
July 26th, 2017 at 9:04 AM
Thank Eugene, it is a bind for me too because I want to do both. Art and crime has fascinated me for decades.
July 29th, 2017 at 8:50 PM
Clearly you are going to have to write the definitive book on the influence of Melbourne street art on contemporary art and popular culture.
July 29th, 2017 at 11:03 PM
Good suggestion. That is a topic that I have been watching for a long time and nobody has yet written a book about it. Thanks
August 3rd, 2017 at 7:01 PM
I’m looking forward to your next book! Sounds like an exiting topic to write about. Check out a book called Priceless by Robert K Wittman about art theft – it’s not Australian based but still a good read.
August 3rd, 2017 at 10:45 PM
Thanks Dan, I must check out Priceless. All Melbourne art thefts in my book.
August 8th, 2017 at 11:32 AM
Looking forward to it, Mark!
August 8th, 2017 at 11:40 AM
Thanks James and you have already test read a chapter. Thanks for that.