I’m staggered that Paul Auster’s latest book has made it onto the Booker shortlist. ‘4321’ is just yet another rehash of his favourite themes – New York, France, baseball, writing and films. Oh, and shagging, which he seems to be more and more worked up about these days. The only difference with his other recent books is that this one is about four times as long. I have read almost everything he has ever published, but he really tested my loyalty with this one!
Good to hear this was on The Chain yesterday – shame I missed it!
I’ve always loved the fact that the signpost in the video points towards Tamworth and Hinckley, clearly situating the (somewhat surreal) action in my neck of the woods…
^ From talking to shouting…
via 6838. Lemon Jelly – 79 Aka The Shouty Track — The Chain
It’s still pretty much my life’s ambition to get something on The Chain… maybe one day…
Glad to hear ‘Curb’ is coming back for another series! But what if it’s actually pretty disappointing? Whacha gonna do then, Lar?
Anyway, we haven’t got Sky Atlantic, so I probably won’t get to see it for ages, if at all. I still haven’t even got round to watching the last series of ‘Peep Show’ and it’s possible I never will. Sigh.
James Andrew Miller’s Origins will see Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Ted Danson discussing the comedy institution.
via New podcast to explore the cringeworthy origins of Curb Your Enthusiasm — Consequence of Sound
I also went to this exhibition last weekend and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I was especially glad to see that while the rooms devoted to everything between the 1960s and 1983 were packed, those dealing with the execrable post-Roger Waters albums were almost completely deserted.
Saw this on Sunday – got there just in time before it closes this weekend. Phew!
Everyone knows the Great Wave. The print itself is the most reproduced image in the world – appearing on everything from pencils to coffee mugs, and street art to drums. And the wave is reused endlessly, to illustrate our vulnerability to the power of nature (and nature’s vulnerability to us), the storms of the global…
via Hokusai in the world, then and now — The British Museum Blog
Is that Lemmy on vocals?
p.s. worst band name ever.
This is Andrew Marr talking about having lunch with politicians:
On rare occasions, the story is so good, with so much detail or such strong quotes, that a short visit to the loo to jot notes down on a paper napkin is needed. Few pleasures on this little green planet are so glorious as tucking a real story into your breast pocket and returning for some cheese and a final glass of claret.
Is it really as ‘glorious’ as all that? Either ‘Andy’ is overstating this a bit, or he needs to get out more (hopefully he has done since he started doing less journalism). That’s is the funny thing about journalists – they are so excitable, like children. I suppose they wouldn’t be journalists otherwise. You can’t keep telling readers/viewers how boring everything is.
Finally got round to watching The Devil’s Whore, an entertaining romp through the English civil war (a period I would dearly love to know more about, but probably never will). It has an excellent cast, which helps to make up for other shortcomings.
The first episode was broadcast on the day our son was born and it languished on our PVR for years thereafter. Eventually we deleted it due to lack of space, only for my wife to buy the DVDs for me as a birthday present later on. And now we have watched them at last. Trivial perhaps, but it feels like it has been quite a saga to us. We have basically been meaning to get round to watching it for six and a half years. Is this a record of some kind?
A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.
Daniel Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow,p. 62.