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I pictured the structure of the book in my head before I wrote it.

I knew there would be an introduction, an afterword and 21 chapters based on each album and show by Sparks in London. Also, I planned from the start that the book would not be a band biography, but more about my experiences in London seeing and thinking about Sparks. Sparks is basically Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

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My first impression of Sparks was their visuals -- specifically the photograph of Ron and Russell on the back of that album. Russell, the lead singer, looks like the typical glam rock guy, but he had an edge.

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At the time I was shocked by this, and the juxtaposition with Russell in the photograph. Each character is the total opposite of each other, yet they share that mustache! You write about loneliness and the double-edged pleasure of spending time by yourself.

Do you think fanhood is a solitary pursuit? There are two types of fanhood. One is the community, where you are part of a large group. Writing this book was about solitude for me, and most of it was written as a journal as the shows went on. My basic schedule was to wake up, eat a banana and drink a cup of coffee, write and then around 3 p. Have dinner at Wagamama, an Asian food chain in London that is next door to the venue. See the show, and rush back to my room to write more.

Sparks-tastic: Twenty-One Nights with Sparks in London

It was very much like a job, and any spare time, I would wander around London What interests me are the emotions or feelings that come out of a show. Watching Ron Mael on stage reminds me of a slapstick comedian, and then I start thinking of the English Music Hall, and by coincidence, the theater Charlie Chaplin played at, before he went to America, is just around the corner. He needs no stance, or standing, for he dances attendance upon the coming-into-being of something recognizably new: and as all is new, always, one must question the veracity of all works, whatever medium, which beseem everything but that truth.

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