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Acceleration Nectar - Aylett Patreon channel

Thursday, 3 September 2015

I have a Patreon channel called Acceleration Nectar which is here -

Hardback delivery

Monday, 27 July 2015

Just got some copies of the special hardback edition. It's very gold and weird! A good thing.

Subscribers who paid for a hb should get their copies over the next few days, and subscribers' kindle version should be activated around the same time.  I love the book.  I hope you find it's worth the very long wait - thanks for your extreme patience and support.  :8)

HEART copies

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Copies of HEART OF THE ORIGINAL are scheduled to arrive in the warehouse at the end of July and should be mailed out to subscribers shortly after.

Bloomsbury Theatre show with Robin Ince

Thursday, 20 November 2014

I'll be talking about ideas from HEART OF THE ORIGINAL at the Bloomsbury Theatre on Dec 20 and 21 in "Ghost of Christmas Present" show with Robin Ince, Stewart Lee, Josie Long & pals -

96% funded

Saturday, 15 November 2014

HEART OF THE ORIGINAL is at 96% - force friends to buy the damn thing & get it out there!

Originality is hated and pretended, but the real thing is beautiful. HEART OF THE ORIGINAL tells you why people behave the way they do around originality, and the fun you can have making people behave that way. It's a creativity manual, a satire and a relief…

Castanada's mistake

Monday, 6 October 2014

“The story is still told that Carlos Castaneda heard of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl and mistakenly worshipped an axolotl, an antlered albino tadpole the size of a parsnip. For two years the cute smile of the drifting creature convinced him he was onto something, until he realised he was projecting and turned his gaze to a broader screen. The story is challenged because, after all, who could believe…


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Bob Kaufman was redacted from Beat histories for being often on the street and always black. His works were the colour-treated nebulae of an outlawed space project, rendered in a noise-to-signal euphoria. Busted for being, he sent his eyes away like snails to bring back glints of fiasco and emerged saying more than he knew. One time his head gave off a subway spark, wounding his shoulder. His red…

Parable of the banquet

Thursday, 21 August 2014

"The parable of the great banquet, in which the diners’ arms are splinted and fitted with forks four feet long so that they cannot reach the food up to their mouths, leads to the obvious solution of the diners feeding each other and then hunting down and punishing whoever set up this diabolical torture so that it cannot happen to others. After all, they’re armed. But though we all think it, I have…


Wednesday, 6 August 2014


"Steve Aylett, not just streets ahead but whole maps ahead, has unwisely elected to demonstrate his effortless superiority by biting his own head off and swallowing it: with Heart of the Original he presents a compelling argument for the public’s phobic aversion to originality and yet, stupidly, does this in a completely original way. Force-fed with ideas until…

Accelerated HEART rate

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

HEART OF THE ORIGINAL in 7 seconds (have fun with the pause).

Buy & fund it here -

HEART reading July 19

Friday, 11 July 2014

I'll be reading bits from Heart of the Original at this event on July 19  -

There'll also be a few things for sale such as Novahead, Rebel at the End of Time, Fain, and Caterer comics. See you there.

Where to start?

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Where do you start a story?

“Standard practice is to start a narrative in the middle, when things are already happening, but starting as events reach a conclusion or their aftermath cuts down on length and hones discipline. Logically the later you leave it the more information you’ll cram, so starting after the universe ends should cover all bases, but in practice this disappoints all but the general…

Aylett on Artaud

Monday, 19 May 2014

Born and counting, Antonin Artaud studied the world as if facing his accuser, seizing and turning to account each street and field presented to him. He had a face like a wet kestrel and more worries than a shaved lion in a rental car. His appetite for honesty had him digesting his own bones. Many put his desire for a ‘body without organs’ down to the fact that his own were rubbish. He struck an attitude…

The Resurprised

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Certain ceremonial masks of Subsaharan Africa portray expressions of astonishment and provide relief from having to repeatedly fake surprise at the same things – an energy-saving bliss reserved for the tribal shaman. Cultures which ban such masks through a prohibition against graven images are predictably scandalised at everything, including their own legs. The wearily exasperated look on the faces…

Woah There

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

When the American genocide began, the invaders were free to smash upward into something new but instead made a preface of repeating everything Europe had done, giving special emphasis to the garbage. This stale gauntlet reached a pitch with Henry James, who prayed before a silver semicolon and exercised a restraint so radical he imploded, taking a tornado of teak furniture and thousands of readers…

Short term memory

Thursday, 20 February 2014

As knowledge retention is reduced, historical repetition threatens to catch up. If repetition intervals ever become shorter than mass memory, facts will be learnt through being too constantly in-your-face to deny. It’s been questioned whether such a catch-up can ever happen to humanity, either because memory shrinkage is propelled by fear, or because after acknowledging the obvious we will no longer…


Thursday, 6 February 2014

Compression and direction of force are key in getting the full effect from your work. The shape of the piece determines its over-all arc of projection, as when a broad base of assumptions propels the sharpest elements away from it in a wide span. The environment itself, if rigid, can often add to compression and so to the subsequent force of an incendiary charge. How to punish those who declare that…

Coelacanth fun

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The coelacanth, a dinosaur fish thought long extinct, became a media sensation when fishermen caught one in 1938. Known for its Clanger armour and merry smile, the coelacanth is now thought to bestow luck on those who catch it, especially those into whom it sinks its needle-like teeth. Yet what if it had never been thought dead? Sailors would probably kick it away with a bitter curse, calling it…

Dove attack

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Me in May 2013. Only seconds after this photo was taken I was attacked by eleven doves, each with the face of Benjamin Disraeli. It was a helluva thing.

Da Vinci

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

By the time solar power was rediscovered by Leonardo da Vinci his urge to 'think new thoughts and bring new things into being' meant that while other people were eating their own snot he was anatomising elephants and inventing the hang glider. He even managed to squeeze the classic Vituvian Man out of an incident when a naked moron climbed onto his skylight. Born illegitimate, da Vinci had been spared…

Love and books

Monday, 29 July 2013

On Sant Jordi's Day, Catalonians give eachother gifts of books and roses in a celebration of literacy and love. If this were combined with the running of the bulls, the procession of the flagellants and the tomato-throwing festival it would more closely resemble the tribulations of those trying to read - or love. I was trying to read Greg Egan once and was hectically attacked by a chimp.
Publication date: September 2015
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