the decay of lying

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why

Anti-mimesis is a philosophy adopted by Oscar Wilde in his 1889 essay, The Decay of Lying. In it, he purports that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”.

When endeavouring to write, one is traditionally encouraged to write from one’s own experience - “stick to what you know.” I know nothing at all about all manner of things but I do know a good deal about Nothing and it is this Nothing-ness that characterises a lot of the work on these pages. The keen-eyed and -eared may notice that such nothing-ness is invariably punctuated by (in no particular order) alcohol, confusion and emotional fragility.

Many of the incidents described in these pages may seem familiar and only partially apocryphal, treading the line as they do between fact and fiction. Quite where the truth lies I can no longer remember nor judge. I can merely wish the reader luck as they draw their own conclusions...