Greg Moodie is a writer and graphic designer with an impressively ludicrous CV and a poor recollection of anything on it. Technically Dundonian, he says he graduated from the city’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art ‘before the invention of fire’ but that, like Vegas, what happened there stayed there.
He cut his design teeth working for the most hated television production company in Edinburgh, creating hundreds of hours of historical documentaries for international broadcasters. It was here that he was taught how to avoid paying bills and other skills that would stand him in good stead in the following 14 years he has spent as a freelancer.
In a ‘lunatics taking over the asylum’ moment, Greg began writing and directing his own documentaries for these internationals, winning several awards in the process. But when his ‘History of the Devil’ compared the Bush administration’s handling of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to the witch trials of the Middle Ages, things went quiet. He believes he could have continued in television had he been content to remain underpaid but by then he had a steady stream of demanding but naive design clients that mistook his freelance status for a willingness to work.
A long-time supporter of Scottish independence (“Dependence is for kids”), he says everything done in the name of Westminster reforms generally provokes a ‘thank God it doesn’t apply in Scotland’ response in him and that the rest of the UK shouldn’t be so shocked that voting Conservative results in right-wing policies.
“If you want a case for independence, just look at Michael Gove.”
Greg has just completed his first novel ‘The Unbearable Stupidity Of Being’ which satirises, amongst other targets, unscrupulous bankers and the Tea Party movement. Written in the form of a journal by his alter-ego, hapless under-achiever Tony Boaks, it introduces failed banker turned criminal mastermind Sir Fred Godalming to the world.
Through Sir Fred, Tony becomes involved with a group of financial services fraudsters including Bernard Madolph and Allen Stanthorpe who all belong to ‘The Order Of The Infinite Self,’ a secret brotherhood of supremely selfish individuals. The Infinite Self form an arm’s-length political organisation and install Tony and the unrequited love of his life LaFlamme (see also The ‘Failure To Launch Scotland Act’) as the figureheads, duping Tony into believing their thoroughly dubious ideology would be beneficial for all.
“At times, the story parallels both the Da Vinci Code and Nausea, but as I’ve never read either book, this makes for some pretty interesting parallels.”
Not content with a single helping of stupid behaviour, Greg is working on a sequel, ‘Six Degrees Of Stupidity,’ this time tackling the legal establishment in the shape of the self-aggrandising ‘Advocate For Self-Importance,’ Guy LeSnide QC.
“I’m well-versed with the law, having broken it many times.”
For more on Greg Moodie and his satirical fiction, see Tony Boaks’ Despairing Notes – Easily Mistaken For A Funny Blog.