Guy J Jackson's Five Things.

Written by Lazy Gramophone on Saturday the 20th of April 2013

Five Things is a series of short journal posts introducing each of the writers and artists involved in our up-coming Time project.

Since the project's inception, the idea has been to create an environment where independent writers and artists could come together in order to share their work. The result of this endeavour is a collection of stories, images and poems based around the theme of time, its pages placing particular focus upon the relationship between words and pictures. By sharing in this way we hope to inspire each other as well as those around us, to draw a diverse audience and so help to illuminate the work of alternative artists and writers everywhere. 


Currently living in Los Angeles, Guy J Jackson is a writer, performer, and moviemaker, and he can be somewhat found online at BBC sound engineer Robin The Fog collaborated with Guy on their recent storytelling album "Notes On Cow Life”, downloadable via

Five Things that Inspire Me.

5 influential works, eh? That's tough, but...

"PROVINCES OF NIGHT" by William Gay, my all-time favorite novel, and William Gay is a great all-around author, an outsider who apparently paints houses in Hohenwald, Tennessee when he's not writing tremendous novels and short stories of Southern Gothic (American South, that is) heavy-duty-ness. 

"TIME BANDITS", Terry Gilliam's second film that he co-wrote and directed, with only a couple slightly dated special effects, it still absolutely holds up one end to the other, and it was a surprise movie when I was a kid, coming around as a double feature many times to my remote Alaskan town's single movie theater to show me everything a movie could be. Watched in trilogy, followed by "BRAZIL" and "THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN", it provides a bit of a mind-blow about the power of imagination versus whether reality always gets you in the end.

RICHARD BRAUTIGAN, the man himself, all of his works and short stories, he was a huge figure in the time of The Beats but got a little brushed aside for Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs to become The Beats' Trinity, and such a dissipation of fame is maybe what led to Brautigan's sad drift and demise. However, he's a master of the surreal to such an extent that his work is all ageless, not quaintly of the American '50s or '60s. I guess my favorite book by him is "IN WATERMELON SUGAR". But his short stories and poems are sublime.

"THE CATCHER IN THE RYE" by J.D. Salinger, just because I'm a walking cliche. But it's one of the most highly regarded books of all time for a reason. Give it to any teenager on the fringes and see them bloom. But don't give it to mentally ill teenagers, word to the wise (see "SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION" by John Guare).

"PEER GYNT" by Henrik Ibsen, not because I've ever seen it more than three times, but that single, amazing, lush production in 1990 (?) at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival pulled out all stops and sent me into the theater world for 10 years, and was only ever topped by "WAITING FOR GODOT" as done by The Goodman Theatre in Chicago (1998?), wherein the set and light design actually captured the passing of the two days in that play, and the acting played heavily on the play's vaudeville angle.

The Time Project.

1. Time Book Launch Lazy Gramophone Events Page 

2. Time Book Launch Facebook Page

3. View our Clock page (counting down to the release of Time)

4. An introduction to Time

5. Contributors' Five Things Journal Posts:
Adam Green
Bryn Hall
Inua Ellams
Zoe Catherine Kendall
Andrew Walter
Laura Dockrill
Mat Lloyd
Sorana Santos
Will Conway
Hannah Stephenson
Matt Black
Claire Fletcher
Carl Laurence
- Zophiel Webb
Jude Melling
Stacie Withers
Tom Hirons
Megan Leonie Hall
Vincent J Prince
Kaitlin Beckett
Guy J Jackson
Eliza Gregory
Jeannie Paske
Jo Tedds
Maria Drummey
Tom Harris
Liz Adams
Lola Dupre
Kirsty Allison
Alexander Aspinall
Paul Bloom

6. Buy Time from the Lazy Gramophone Shop 

7. Press/Reviews
(Click the links below to read each article in full)

Huffington Post:
'An intriguing book project from one of the most innovative groups of creative people in the city.' ~ Huffington Post

Fabric Magazine:
'...we'll bet you've never seen time as it's portrayed in this stunning new publication.' ~ Fabric Magazine

Rooms Magazine:
'Time is a treasure box brimming with creativity and fresh talent.' ~ Rooms Magazine

Annexe Magazine:
'Lazy Gramophone's anthology, Time, lives up to the high bar it sets for itself.' ~ Annexe Magazine


For more on The Time Project tweet us @lazygramophone or #TheTimeProjectLGP or visit our Time Facebook page.
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