Author Archives: Adrian Hornsby

About Adrian Hornsby

Learning from George

ismereading_fAn essay-memoir about Shakespeare & Company, George Whitman, Paris, and that whole world …

Learning from George
by Adrian Hornsby, published by Paravion Press, 2015
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Moko & Loupe

with music by s i n k
written and directed by Adrian Hornsby
Watch the film (18 mins), or the Youtube trailer (45 sec)

Moko & Loupe is a short comic film about friendship at the frayed ends of a world that’s coming undone. It was written by Adrian Hornsby for Tim Vincent-Smith and Quinn Comendant, and filmed together in London and the Isle of Sheppey in 2012. It premiered with s i n k performing the music live in the Summerhall Old Anatomy Theatre, Edinburgh in 2013. Many live screenings have followed.

s i n k is an acoustic improvising trio of accordion (Daniil Dumnov), violin (Tim Vincent-Smith), and saxophones (Matt Wright). The music for Moko & Loupe is to an original sink score — part composed, part chance. Tim Lane plays the sansula. Continue reading

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Paris your plughole is up! Sink le mini tour!

après moi le déluge
et le déluge tombe
dans le sink
à Paris

Saturday 8th Nov, 5pm :: Tumbleweed Music
sink play Shakespeare & Co., 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 5e

later on Saturday 8th Nov, 7.30pm :: Sink the Jazzbar w/Kate Stables
sink and Kate play Le Petit Joseph Dijon, 3 Rue Joseph Dijon, 18e

Sunday 9th Nov, 5pm :: Concert Secret de Sink et Kate Stables
avec le short film Moko and Loupe accompagner d’un soundtrack live
208 Rue St. Maur, 10e


sink is the acoustic übertrio of Tim Vincent-Smith, Daniil Dumnov & Leon Wright

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Two Scintillae (regarding three Italian girls, a Japanese monk, and the nature of enlightenment)

Hello world!

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R.I.P. Mike Dineen

Mike Dineen in Earth

Mike Dineen in Earth

Mike Dineen passed away last Thursday. In productions I was involved in, Mike played the judge in Earth in Paris and Amsterdam, and 3 in the Châteaudun performance of Part 2 of Three Parts — the first public performance of a piece I’d written.

Mike you were sharp and funny and with a touch for the beautiful. You understood how to move people. Thank you for having moved me, and been a part of my life.

— Adrian

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Reading over China-related notes (poking at As Big As The Sky), some interesting connections suggested themselves among the papers paving my study floor.

1. In Ming dynasty China, a bill proclaiming legally stipulated punishments:

  • 80 blows for striking another so as to cause internal bleeding
  • 80 blows for throwing dung at the head of another
  • 100 blows for stuffing dung into the nose or mouth of another

2. Under the leadership of Mao Zedong, during the Cultural Revolution:

In schools and some workplaces people were required to eat yì kŭ fàn 億苦飯 (recalling bitterness meal), made of tree leaves or chaffs mixed with horse dung or dirt, as part of the ritualistic practice of remembering the past. Not surprising, the meal had a terrible taste Continue reading

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In ancient Roman households Continue reading

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Moko & Loupe London screening

The inimitable Tim Vincent-Smith and the incogitable Quinn Comendant star in … here’s the trailer:

To be screened in London for one night only! With live music from s i n k and special guests Alabaster DePlume and Timothy Victor’s Folk Orchestra.

Saturday 30 November, 8.30pm
Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL

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Bookstore Kitchen Quips

What’s the difference between a bagel and a Robbe-Grillet novel?
Once you’ve finished a bagel, the hole in the middle’s gone!

What’s the difference between a hot dog and a Burroughs novel?
If you cut up a hot dog, it doesn’t really work any more.

What’s the difference between a blueberry muffin and 50 Shades of Grey?
You can’t leave a blueberry muffin in the bathroom.

for the Shakespeare & Sons book-n-bagel store, Berlin.
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My clocks is wrong

dali_thepersistenceofmemory_325PH was staying with his daughter when he remarked she should, ‘Get a decent telly — one where the sound and programme are synchronised.’ He wandered through into the kitchen to make a cup of tea, and looking up at the tv on the wall there, noticed that that one was out of sync too. ‘Hey you’ve got two tvs that need sorting!’ he called to her. She came through.

‘There’s nothing wrong with the tv, Dad,’ she said.

Watching her speak, PH realised her lips were out of sync with her voice. He started to answer, but he was out of sync too. He could hear his words coming out before he’d started to move his mouth … Continue reading

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