// archives

song of the week

This category contains 8 posts

The doctors are avoiding me

Previously on the internets….
My friend and colleague, mister Hollin Jones, from the high castle that is his own blog, proposed that the musical movement known as ‘punk’ was, in his words, “incoherent puerile and rasping“, and “Pointless, crass and cretinous. Badly produced, badly played, tuneless, throwaway, self-consciously vulgar in place of having its own identity“.
Righty [...]

21 down, 31 to go

Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘An Artist of the Floating World’.

As I may have mentioned, I started reading this partly because of it being the inspiration behind Tomato’s next book, but also because I’d read ‘Never Let Me Go’ earlier in the year, and the thought of revisiting an earlier work by the same author was interesting.
It doesn’t disappoint. Not for a [...]

Wild at Heart, and Weird on Top

It’s been a David Lynch sort of day. Not in the dancing dwarves sense, rather a day that’s been permeated by things of a Lynchian sensibility.
The new Scott Walker album’s been playing in the background most of the afternoon (recommended by the redoubtable Mr Day – thanks Mike), which picks up themes from 1998’s [...]

5 down, 47 to go

This was originally going to be a different book, but then I picked up Angela Carter’s ‘Shadow Dance’ from the bedside table and collapsed onto the sofa last night. In between dozing off and trying to watch the West Wing, I finished it. And it’s just as seductive as I’d hoped. Carter’s first novel, originally [...]

I got my heart

First of all, to let everyone know who might remotely care that the Watershed are showing MirrorMask for two weeks at the start of March, in addition to the preview showing next Saturday. Thus demonstrating that Bristol is the centre of the universe. At least when it comes to getting a cinema run for alternative [...]

there’s something happening here

More on the song of the week later. For now, courtesy of the Washington Post, an extract from the State of the Union address..
“Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research: human cloning in all its forms; creating or implanting embryos for experiments; creating human-animal hybrids; and [...]

days of wine and roses

A special Friday post, containing the first in an ongoing series of ’songs of the week’, designed to lift your spirits and make you glad about the world and all that live in it. And occassionally topical too. Until we get bored of thinking of one.
This week’s offering caused a great deal of thought on [...]

250 words in the style of the performer

Imagine yourself in the near future. You and your wife are stood in the maternity ward of a gleaming, antiseptic-scented hospital, staring through a floor-to-ceiling window at a child sleeping in its shining plastic crib. This is your child, your first-born. Designed and grown ex-utero from the best of each of you. And it’s not [...]