joanne lee


The first issue of the Pam Flett Press, 'Call yourself a bloody professional', adapts an album cover aphorism from The Fall as its title and is something of a manifesto for the rest of the series. It begins with trying to avoid getting a proper job and recognises that the amateur does things out of love rather than professional necessity.

You’ll also find extensive discussion of curiosity and careers, carrier bags and colanders, a consideration of the distinctions between amateur and professional wankers, as well as an engagement with experts and epistemophilia... Francophiles will enjoy name-checking those who’ve inspired this endeavour: Roland Barthes, Michel de Certeau, Michel Foucault, Michel de Montaigne, Georges Perec, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Agnes Varda. Northerners will know that none of this could have happened without Mark. E. Smith and the mighty Fall.

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Call yourself a bloody professional