your missus and steal your dinner. Cocky ispathetic. Cocky is ruthless. Cocky isdepressed. But, above all, he is Cocky.
The author of
The Ballad of Cocky the Fox
and the editor of
are known toenjoy a chinwag over a pint. In each edition,
eavesdrops on their beery blathering and presents a randomly chosenchunk of it to the readership.
Is Cocky going to evolve into atrue antihero along the lines of a Tony Soprano or a Vic Mackey from
I don’t want to become thesort of ponce who critically interprets hisown work for the benefit of the reader. But Iwill say this. I chose a fox as the maincharacter for a reason. Foxes occupy thisstrange territory between the human worldand the animal world. And this is especially true of urban foxes. They are pulled indifferent directions by the competingdemands of the environment. And survivalrequires slyness, cunning, whatever you wantto call it. But it’s not just bestial cunning;there’s an almost human element to it. Infact, Matt [Matthew Battles, Co-editor of The Ballad of Cocky the Fox andHiLobrow.com] thinks Cocky is a HiLoHero. He’s both highbrow and lowbrow. Hehas a foot in both camps.
Yes. It’s a great way of looking at it. I’m going to try and sneak it insomewhere, I think. Maybe via an insult:“He’s such a lowbrow.” “There he is, hangingout with those highbrows again.” “Don’t besuch a middlebrow.” Actually, that’s it. Thatwill be the worst insult. “You’re such amiddlebrow.”
Excellent. I can see it now.“You calling me a fucking middlebrow?”Followed by a humungous clash of teeth andfur.
Ha! “You middlebrow bas-tard!”
Imagine a swaying drunkard proppinghimself up against the bar well after lastorders. He is expounding blearily upon thecomplex connections betwixt fox and booze;you are nodding and trying not to breathe inany of his sour ale-itosis. In each issue of
, a fragment of this inebriatedmonologue is slapped around the face, told to behave and then presented for your attentionas
, a tribute to Cocky'soccasional tendency to get off his tits onaftershave and glue. In this installment, youwill learn about a shower gel called FlyingFox.
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