Booker shortlist

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!



The Shouty Track

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…

‘Curb’ returns

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


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


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.

The Devil’s Whore

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?

Designing beauty

Finally got a chance to see this last Friday. I wasn’t blown away, perhaps due to a lack of imagination on my part; I just kept thinking that this was stuff we already know. I needed a fresh pair of eyes, or something.

British Museum blog

Caroline Ingham, Senior Designer: Exhibitions, British Museum

Doryphoros Detail of a Bronze reconstruction of around 1920 by George Römer of the Doryphoros or ‘spear-bearer’ by Polykleitos, made around 440–430 BC. H 212 cm. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art is the first major temporary exhibition of sculpture at the British Museum since Hadrian: Empire & Conflict in 2008. It is also the first sculpture show in the new Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery (Room 30). For the Museum’s Exhibitions team this is the culmination of over a year of intensive work with the exhibition’s designers, Caruso St John architects and Matt Bigg, Surface 3 graphics.

Doryphoros, Diskobolos, Ilissos2 Sculptures on display in the exhibition, from left to right: Bronze reconstruction of around 1920 by George Römer of the Doryphoros or ‘spear-bearer’ by Polykleitos, made around 440–430 BC. H 212 cm. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. Marble statue of the Diskobolos or ‘discus-thrower’. Roman copy from 2nd…

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