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Saturday, September 19, 2015

bio auto graphic: edition 25 - The Power of Small

bio auto graphic: edition 25 - The Power of Small

Michael C. Nicholson / ensixteen editions

A5, 16 pages, cardboard cover, stapled.


Issue 25 of Michael Nicholson's continuing series bio auto graphic is another exploration of the personal, the metaphorical and the universal. The power of small centres around the loss of phone - a small moment that has unexpected emotional consequences, leading to temporary insanity and Kafkaesque absurdity. (an extra bonus was the unexpected cameo reference to Jeremy Brett - the best TV Sherlock Holmes ever*). 

bio auto graphic is a series that keeps giving - there is depth here that is surprising for its short form, and its honesty is beguiling. My advice is to jump into the series anywhere - you don't need to begin at the beginning, or with the latest issue. Email Michael - he won't bite - and say hi. It is a small world after all. 

To buy a copy visit the Ensixteen blog: ensixteeneditions.blogspot.com

Or email Michael directly: ladnicholson(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Previous issues are reviewed here: On the Margins and Another month of Sundays

*A side diversion - Jeremy Brett played Sherlock Holmes in a made for TV series in the mid 1980s. He was perfect for the role, embodying the eccentricity and complexity of Holmes' character. Sadly the emotional and mental life of Holmes, the mania, was mirrored in real life - Brett suffered terribly from bipolar mood swings. His Holmes seems all too real for it. Unfortunately, Brett died from heart complications before he could film the full set of Conan Doyle's stories, leaving us 18 of the 60 stories still to be filmed. 
         A little while ago (I really don't know how. That is not an excuse to evade the truth, I really don't know!) I ended up in a corner of YouTube I'd never been before: fan videos for Jeremy Brett. They are a head f**k: for example this joyous, absurdist, fan made mash up of clips from his TV and film appearances set to Whigfield's 'Sexy Eyes' - click here. I warn you though, you'll need to wash your eyes afterwards.

Review by Nathan Penlington

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