The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

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Code Inside


For John Morris – with very real gratitude.

Arthur Marshall said that he always read a few pages of Wodehouse before going to sleep – so that if he died in the night, it would be with a smile on his face.


February 1989.

Collection of Sand by Italo Calvino

Sand Cover

Sand Inside

* 22 February 2014, London *

The brain begins in the eye –

Look at me, Jordan.

Recognize me, keep me in the form of a memorable thought.

To your timeless eyes and the beautiful heart of yours –

to the beauty you never stop noticing.

To the mortal misery

that will never reach or affect us –

Be inspired and brave –

Be curious.

Think of me –

Love me –


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Gon by Masashi Tanaka

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Gon In



Dear Audrey,

THIS Book Is Yours, as am I,

Love Max

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Strangers in Paradise – The Hollywood Emigres 1933-1950 by John Russell Taylor



Christopher Webb 1983.

I met John Russell Taylor in Hollywood in around 1975. I was introduced to him by John Kobal, who owned the Kobal Collection of film stills. After he’d gone, Kobal referred to him as a faggot. But John Kobal died in 1991, of AIDS.

Just before Kobal’s cremation the organist played “Smoke gets in your Eyes”

Selected Poems of John Keats



Christopher Webb 2012

To Chris,

For your guilty little pleasure time!


Karolina & Breut

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The Revival of Interest in the Dream – A Critical Study of Post-Freudian Psychoanalytic Contributions by Robert Fliess, M.D.



To Doug

In appreciation for my revival of interest in the dream.



The Conservative Movement by Paul Gottfried






To Richard

Know the enemy.

[Signature. Toby Litt?]

The Faber Book of Diaries edited by Simon Brett

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Faber Inside


I had this book for Christmas ‘887.

I finished it Christmas ’88.

Which is, I suppose, quite reasonable, really.

Christopher Webb 1989

Final Cut – Dreams and Disaster in the Making of Heaven’s Gate by Steven Bach

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Finalcut Inside


If you aware that Stephen Bach is gay it makes the book funnier.

People Will Talk by John Kobal

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People Inside


Christopher Webb.

When John Kobal died of Aids last year I went to his funeral. A high Catholic requiem Mass. Very solemn. However the organist having played serious religious music for an hour or so felt it would be nice to play something showbiz for John. So, as the coffin was taken out, on its way to the crematorium, the organist played “Smoke gets in your eyes.”

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