I think I forgot to go to my book-launch, if there was one (my fault not Bloomsbury’s), but I will make it to something resembling my book’s crash-landing, in Rough Trade, off Brick Lane in London this Thursday at 7pm. I’ll be reading there from the 33 1/3 book on Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson alongside mighty fellow 33 1/3 authors Pete Astor and Alex Niven. There’ll also be a Q&A hosted by Bloomsbury’s finest Ally Jane Grossan, during which I intend to launch into a drunken foul-mouthed tirade before setting fire to a fiver and then performing a reggae version of La Marseillaise to a chorus of boos and death threats. Seriously though, come along, it’ll be fun. That’s a picture of Gainsbourg, with Birkin, dressed as Proust by the way, apropos of nothing.