Don’t Do It: Issue #8 – Noise


Issue 8 of Don’t Do It is now live!


Featuring an interview with NTS Live DJ Debi Ghose

Poems from Roy Moller, Catherine Edmunds and Jerrold Lam

Plus an essay on Andrew WK from Sarah Broadhurst:

I guess I have to now admit that my opinion changed – I learnt to love Andrew WK. I embraced ‘Party Hard’ as the joyful paean to having a great time that it is. To me his music is fun and energetic, and well meaning. You can party together, you can party any time, you can party to forget your rubbish job – WK even implores us to “have a crazy party by yourself!” on album opener ‘It’s Time to Party’. Sure you’re probably not going to have a spiritual awakening listening to I Get Wet but who the hell knows – maybe you might? Andrew WK’s music certainly gets tarred with being mindless and empty and ‘unworthy’. What even is emptiness in music? What does something need to sound like to be ‘full’? Why are so many reviewers full of such shit?

And we talk to artist Michael Pybus about Pikachu, Ikea, and why cafes have such awful decor:

We started visually before we had text. Cave paintings. Text takes longer to consume and people are more time-conscious now. We’re going back to hieroglyphics, to emojis: you look at the image and it’s shorthand for something else. I read that the most used word last year was the heart symbol – it wasn’t even a word anymore, just the heart emoji. And I thought, ‘God, I do use it a lot, actually.’ You’re not going to write ‘Love it’, you just put a heart and people know. I don’t know if ‘likes’ are enough now. Facebook’s too curated. Instagram’s a lot less about saying ‘I’ve got an amazing, interesting life’ and more about showing how you look at the world, the visual language. It’s a diary. When you look through people’s Instagrams, they’re all pretty coherent – you can get a sense of the person and what they look at. It’s less about status.


Read it here now.

Don’t Do It Issue Five: Electricity

Issue Five: Electricity

As we find our dials increasingly tuned to the pleasures, excesses and pitfalls of our digital age and format, Don’t Do It approaches technology — like everything else — aslant.

In this issue, our fifth, we turn to electricity in all its iterations: as substance, as metaphor, as power source, as frisson.

Our usual host of crackling fiction and poetry is joined by essays on all things electrical, two interviews with hypertext author  Michael Joyce and actor-novelist-playwright Neil Bartlett, a music mix and, if you hunt, more than one video.

Plug in, play, and enjoy.

-The Editors

Featuring fiction from Ayesha Siddiqi, Richard Kostelanetz, Paul McMichael, DS Maolalaí, Gill Haigh and Tal Bibas.
Essays by Betsy Lewis-Holmes, Richard Bosch, Robert Stagg and Stephanie Boland.
Music by Debi Ghose of, among other venues, NTS radio.

Don’t Do It Issue Four: Translations

 Issue Four

Issue Four of Don’t Do It  is now live.


This time, we turn to translation — literal and metaphorical — to explore language, interdisciplinarity, technology, poetry, inter-personal translations and the craft of fiction.


The issue includes essays on Knausgård, Beckett, chess and the practicalities of translation, new short stories and poetry, and two interviews, with Chilean composer Nicolás Kliwadenko and an editor and poet from the new A Bird is Not A Stone collection.


An increased interest in Russian literature; gentle yearning; excess knowledge of chess; a desire to learn Scots; a desire for new music; a questioning of love, words, meaning and beauty.


— The Editors