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1. What's this? This is the last entry in the blog called Click Opera, which means that, in the funny through-the-looking-glass world of blogs, it's the first page future internauts and web adventurers will come to. So think of this not so much as an ending as an entrance. What you've reached is the door to "probably the best-written blog on the Anglophone web", according to Warren Ellis. "It doesn't get any better than Click Opera," said novelist Dennis Cooper.



2. Who's behind Click Opera? The best introduction to who I am is this article in The Guardian Review. I'm a Scot, a musician, a writer, and -- according to this page, gulp! -- the 4697th most significant contemporary visual artist working today. My Wikipedia page is here. You can download six of my early albums free here. Books I've written are here and here. I want to write more books, so if you're a publisher email me! That goes for people wanting to reproduce bits of this blog in print, too.

3. Where can we find out what you're up to, post-blog? From my "personal digital assistant" Maria Wolonski, who announces my engagements in the charming, ringing tones of a talking clock. From the Momus concerts page on LastFM. From my Flickr page and my two YouTube accounts, momasu and bookofjokes. I may even revive my old website (1995-2003), imomus.com.

4. What do you plan to do now? I want to write books and articles. Maybe teach at an art school. Deliver lectures in many lands. Make some more records. Play concerts. Walk around the world. Learn to speak Japanese and live in Japan. Write my own regular newspaper column of cultural commentary (I've written for people like Wired, The New York Times, Frieze, Spike, The Wire, 032c). Hold some more art shows. If you can help me realise these dreams, email me, please!

5. If I want to stage a Momus concert, what do I need to do? Tell your friendly local promoter (or it could be an art gallerist, store owner, festival director) that all I require is travel expenses (from Berlin), accommodation, plus a fee of around €500 for a regular Momus show (festivals tend to pay more). If that works for the promoters, get them to drop me a line and we'll take it from there. I also do art performances -- live storytelling and unreliable tours.



6. Will you keep the Click Opera archive up indefinitely? Yes, I will. If you feel like helping with the modest LiveJournal and PhotoBucket hosting costs -- or compensating me directly for some illegal mp3s of my songs you've downloaded -- you can make a donation via PayPal here.

7. What's the best way to search the Click Opera archive? Simply type the word imomus plus your search term into a search engine, then follow the links headed "Click Opera".

8. Will you keep reading and responding to comments left under this entry? Yes, I will. Leave your email address if you want a personal response.

9. Why did you stop updating Click Opera? Not because anything went wrong or it got unpleasant. Quite the reverse, in fact. Click Opera was just too damned good: too compelling, too time-consuming, too satisfying. It took over my life. It became my job, the main topic of my conversation, the hub of my self-mediated fame: "Aren't you that guy from the internet?" (Read the piece called Clickswansong if you want to know more about why this blog came to a "happy ending". Or listen to this radio interview with KCSB's Colin Marshall.)

10. Can I step through the door now? Please do! There's a lot to read! You can browse backwards from here, or start at the beginning (Thursday January 15th 2004) and work forwards. The calendar is your friend, or you may prefer to read through the titles displayed in the month view.

Thanks to everyone who's contributed to Click Opera, this big vineyard! You've given me years of pleasure! Happiness, as T.E. Lawrence said, "is a by-product of absorption", and blogging -- the best hobby I ever had -- has been absorbing indeed.

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Date: 2010-02-10 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seymourelf.livejournal.com
Momus, I'm not happy about this. I hope you're a liar who comes back to write some more. With the passing of your blog I have lost entree into a fantastic world, a classy name to spruce up my flist, and a treasured correspondent.

You dick.

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Date: 2010-02-10 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scythrop.livejournal.com
Monumental! Fare thee well, and best wishes for a happy birthday/another half century of awesome.

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Date: 2010-02-10 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bdu.livejournal.com
I have to imagine at some point a longer form of communication will attract you again. Until then, twitter it is.

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Date: 2010-02-10 02:58 am (UTC)

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Date: 2010-02-10 02:59 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
like cobain dying, all over again

Hontou ni tanoshikatta desu

Date: 2010-02-10 03:01 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
God be with you, Nick. It was always inspiring, sometimes galling, but never boring.

Keep us posted on the future endeavors.

from the Bay Area, California, United States of America.

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Date: 2010-02-10 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tropigalia.livejournal.com
RIP Click Opera! i can say i knew you when!

i will hold fondly in my heart memories of arguing about hipsters and fetishes, bright colored sneakers, and clumsily hitting on you

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Date: 2010-02-10 03:04 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
i love you momus
ahh i'm tearing up

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Date: 2010-02-10 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thesteve2520.livejournal.com
Farewell, Click Opera!

Hello, Momus!

Perhaps one day we may find ourselves together on that crazy other side of the internet called reality, and then I will be able to convey properly how much I have appreciated the effort you have put into all of your output.

But, until then, so long, and thanks for all the clicks!

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Date: 2010-02-10 03:13 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Image

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Date: 2010-02-10 03:14 am (UTC)

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Date: 2010-02-10 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] funazushi.livejournal.com
Good night and good luck!

3.26 am

Date: 2010-02-10 03:27 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
erudite, a delight, pleasant, patchy and catchy

ever yours

maf

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Date: 2010-02-10 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-sullz.livejournal.com
Thank you for all the time and effort you put into Click Opera these years. Best of luck on your future plans.

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Date: 2010-02-10 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dabroots.livejournal.com
I will miss you on this page!

!!

Date: 2010-02-10 03:34 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Happy Birthday, once and future king!

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Date: 2010-02-10 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akabe.livejournal.com
thank you nick. good luck .

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Date: 2010-02-10 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akabe.livejournal.com
and happy birthday

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Date: 2010-02-10 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] realityclinic.livejournal.com
It was very nice getting to know you, or know what you had to say.

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Date: 2010-02-10 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] milky-eyes.livejournal.com
Image

its was pretty cool to get to know you a bit through ClickOpera... best of luck with the next big fish you're frying up.

stay w the woman you're with now... I think it's true love... just my feeling.

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Date: 2010-02-10 06:55 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Oh god, that's going to be there forever.
From: (Anonymous)
one idea is to simply click back to 2004 and start reading every entry again from the beginning. will do this myself, skipping over the ones about bukkake, cheesy j-pop, the scourge of PC, etc etc. the best ones (99% of all of them) were about music, art, japan (non-porn), and politics. wait, that's too broad...oh well...you get the idea...

anyway, what were some of everyone else's favorites?

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Date: 2010-02-10 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vivnsect.livejournal.com
I will miss reading your posts. I will especially miss reading your comment sections.

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Date: 2010-02-10 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowshark.livejournal.com
Man--I can't even believe it. The presence of this blog changed the way I approached about the internet, and I'm starting to realize that its absence will change that again.

Thanks so much for all the great thoughts these past six years. I'm wishing all the best to you, Hisae, and Pok!

An Army of Fauxmus

Date: 2010-02-10 04:30 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I feel compelled to tell you this blog has played a key role in my intellectual growth over the last 18 months. In return for the millions of words you've written for me, I think I must write a few in return. Here goes.

I am an American art student. I am a painter and songwriter. Most of all right now I am a better person for having read this blog. Your work has deeply influenced me, be it musical work, written word, even performance art (I saw you this past May in NY). This is not to say that I've agreed with everything you've said and done; quite contrary, I've taken issue with a number of ideas you've put forth, but that's how I know it's worth reading. I value dissenting opinions, especially ones that help me reevaluate my own.

I appreciate that you've gone to the trouble of writing this blog at the expense of your sanity and your fame. I mean, no famous person writes a blog, they have twitters (real ones). Maybe now you can shroud yourself in more mystery and go the way of other innovative, forward-thinking artists... sell out!

Think of it! You could finally start stocking your warehouse of Momus branded t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, buttons, condoms, etc. Become a talking head on VH1. Do some laundry detergent commercials in Japan. Do something scandalous involving Lady Gaga. The beauty of this strategy is once you've stocked the coffers with enough gold bars, you can just start paying somebody to write Click Opera for you. On top of this is the fact that "Momus" isn't a real person, Nick is. Give anybody the right haircut and an eyepatch, and voila, they're Momus! Now you can be in several places at once! Think of the speaking engagements! Most of all, think of the money!

I would be more than willing to stand in as a Fauxmus, as I'm sure a wealth of other Click Opera readers would be. Till I'm called on, I'll keep reading Whimsy's blog, Toog's blog, and listening to your back catalog. Keep making things.

-L

Re: An Army of Fauxmus

Date: 2010-02-10 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
"I'll keep reading Whimsy's blog, Toog's blog, and listening to your back catalog." - Sound like a song lyric!

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Date: 2010-02-10 04:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chickensnack.livejournal.com
GOODBYE FRIEND

SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SOCIAL MEDIUMS

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Date: 2010-02-10 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] surferelf.livejournal.com
So long Momus! I never had a clue what you were talking about, but I enjoyed it anyway.
From: (Anonymous)
That's my favourite comment so far! I've been listening to your records, cds, mp3s since 1990, and reading your website since 1995, and seeing you perform many times since 1997. It's been long journey, sometimes frustrating, ridiculous, annoying, pretentious but always worth checking. Please come back to London and perform a spoken word / musical / performance art extravaganza! Or write your autobiography. There are too many good stories that will never be recorded otherwise. Whatever you do, good luck. It's been fun. Best wishes.
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