Sunday, June 22, 2008

Show me epic

This week I have consumed (among other things) the following:
  • Too much alcohol. Plumbing S and I independently came to the conclusion that our low-level aches and pains and high-level misanthropy could be attributed to end-stage liver disease. More likely, as it has resolved into snot and a sore throat, it's just a bug, but still.
  • Last week's Mark Haddon piece in the Observer. I commend it to this house. And every other house.
  • The beginning of an article about John McCain in this week's Observer. I read the first quarter or so, and then a the phrase "no retreat, no surrender" sent me walking to my vinyl as if in a trance, to search out Born in the USA. No one expects me to be a Springsteen fan, but I am.
  • A fair bit of Neutral Milk Hotel, whom I think I knew on vinyl in a previous life, and have fallen for again since played me The King Of Carrot Flowers Pt One. Wikipedia tells me it's in a major key. I find this hard to believe.
  • The second half of Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple. He writes well, though, while offering some analysis of the situations he witnesses (much of which analysis I would dispute, but still), he offers, as A&K pointed out when they lent me the book, very little by way of alternative 'underclass management'. The poor, it seems, will always be feckless. I have more to say on this, but it's incubating.
  • Wait Until Spring, Bandini, by John Fante . A sort of Dalrymple antidote, but not chosen for that reason. Chosen for its Catholicism, really, I find Catholic literature much easier to relate to than Jewish literature.
  • More gherkins than usual, having stocked up on my favourite kosher pickles at my favourite Asian grocers. What holds for literature does not hold for food.
  • The end of series 1 of The Wire. Surely, and I do not say this lightly, this is the best television ever made by anyone ever. We are not worthy.



Blogger Beth said...

I'm on episode four of the fourth series now. It's just building up and building up. I'm having to ration myself to no more than 2 episodes at a time. It's SO good I want to get to the end and watch it all again trying to spot the stuff I've failed to grasp.

3:49 pm  
Blogger Jo said...

Yes, I am doing the rationing thing too... and already panicking about getting to the end of series 4. What will you do when it's over (and you've watched it again, *and* watched all the episodes with commentary)?

Morse will never be the same again.

5:19 pm  

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