I hate to abandon books, but I had to do just that with this one earlier this year, not because it’s not good – far from it – but its structure is so fluid and complicated that I found it difficult to read a bit at a time. Luckily, recently I had a day free … More Earl Lovelace, ‘Is Just a Movie’
I don’t know anything about Gregg Araki, not having seen any of his films. I still don’t know much but after this Guardian item, I do know he’s on a one-man mission to share the music known as Shoegaze with the world. I don’t much like the S-word but I am a big fan of … More 21st Century Shoegaze
There’s no getting around it, Alone in Berlin is painful to read. Its characters suffer humiliation, betrayal, loss, torture and death. The writing, at least in Michael Hoffman’s translation, is clear and deceptively simple but it’s challenging none the less because it asks major questions of its reader. These are facts, but I would hate for … More ‘You can’t just want to rescue someone: they have to agree to be rescued.’
Bobby Friedman’s book is for anyone who could do with understanding the man who, against the odds, now sits at the heart of British parliamentary democracy. Most of us know that John Bercow has been on a political journey, but this maps that journey for the first time. While occasionally it seems too light that means … More Bercow – Mr Speaker by Bobby Friedman
They’re already one of my favourite bands of the year. The album ‘Let’s Make Babies in the Woods’ is wonderful. And now they release the first of three EPs, ‘First Born’ which they’re giving away here. Meanwhile here’s the video for the single from the album, Long Way. Papercranes “Long Way” from June Zandona on Vimeo.