Welcome to My Site — This is the third incarnation of the Scissors & Paste website, and is once again, hopefully, an improvement on its predecessors, at least in design. Much of the credit for this must go to the long-suffering Sheryl Straight, whose patient advice, particularly on the mysteries of Cascading Style Sheets, has been invaluable.
A Newish Publication — About forty years ago, whilst working on The Private Case, my catalogue of the British Library's erotica collection, I found amongst a pile of dispiritingly dreary American pornographic paperbacks a novel called A Crocodile of Choirboys (1970). I found it remarkable for two reasons: despite being on the dangerous subject of boy love, it was, as I soon learned, published under the author's true name, C. J. Bradbury Robinson. And secondly, it was extremely well-written in an almost experimental style that, at the time, made me think of William Burroughs with a cultured English accent. But it was far from being a stylistic plagiarism. Instead it was a quite original work by a writer of rare talent. Mr. Bradbury Robinson subsequently published three other novels: Young Thomas (1971), Bare Knees, Boy Knees (1971), Arabian Boys (1972). All were published in the Greenleaf Classics Pleasure Reader series, but A Crocodile of Choirboys was accorded special treatment and printed on better paper with a more elegant cover design. A fifth novel, Williams Mix, with an Introduction by William Burroughs, reached proof stage with the Olympia Press in London but was not published owing to the company going out of business.
In 2011, Mr. Bradbury Robinson published More Please No More, a beautiful and substantial book of 539 pages, that includes the revised, full and final text of Williams Mix, with the introduction by William Burroughs, together with substantial extracts from A Crocodile of Choirboys, here retitled Minor Incidents, and Young Thomas. These extracts, whilst offering the reader a tempting introduction to underground classics of the counter-culture, are so designed as to stand unaided and can be read as complete novels. This handsome hardbound volume, set in Minion, printed on 100 gram Bioset paper and stitched, was designed by Marcel Zalme. The publisher is Out Now Press, PO Box 15695, 2502 BR, Den Haag, Holland. Copies may be purchased from Amazon.UK or from the author at his website.
Old books Future Plans — I am, as always, casting about for new projects to publish on this site, not an easy task. One that has been completed is a bibliography of the clandestines of Jean-Jacques Pauvert, inevitably a rather short compilation since unlike his contemporary, the late Eric Losfeld, Pauvert seemed uncomfortable publishing secretly and more interested in challenging French censorship head-on. Notes towards a listing of the works of the prolific Alphonse Momas ['Fuckwell,' 'Le Nismois,' &c] have also been posted.
Additions & updates — Since this site's been up, I've made a good many changes. Some have not been obvious–the addition of a new work or addition to a catalogue, or the silent correction of blunders when they pointed out to me. Observant visitors, however, may have noticed a sudden sprinkling of 'new' and one 'updated' labels, and I have indeed been busy accumulating new material. Some is of marginal interest, erotically speaking, such as the reprint of Henry Spencer Ashbee's short account of a trip that he made to Coney Island in the 1880s, but I am happy with the pages devoted to John Stephen Farmer, the noted lexicographer, and the greatly expanded catalogue of the contents of the British Library's 'Supressed Safe' collection of books locked away for libel or other reasons. The augmentation of this latter was so great that I was obliged to put it up on my site as a .pdf file. The J.S. Farmer page grew out of the discovery of some curious information concerning his private life; the research wasn't mine alone, but I felt it was of sufficient interest to add as part of the preliminary matter to a short-title catalogue of his publications.