Thirty years ago today The Smiths released their first single. Read the rest of this entry »
Been on a bit of a Joan Didion binge this week. I wish I’d read more of her work earlier. I also wish I had something profound about what I’ve read so far. She certainly knows her way around a sentence – it is one thing to tell a compelling tale, it is another thing to tell it beautifully.
Razzmatazz is the great forgotten Pulp single. I remember picking up the 12″ single in a bargain bin of a local record shop, the kind of record shop that doesn’t exist anymore. It wasn’t particularly fancy, was geared more to mainstream stuff and that appeared to be what it sold. So, if you liked a more obscure song, it paid to wait a few weeks and then sift through the bargain bin. It was a good and cheap way of discovering new bands, or at least hearing bands I’d read about but couldn’t hear on the radio. Read the rest of this entry »
This week I have been reading/planning to read/pretending to read the following. Hopefully you’ll find something of interest amongst it all.
Potentially rather exciting news for fans of Richard Ford with reports of him reading from a new Frank Bascombe story. Ford has written three books focusing on the character, and I am a huge fan of them. Read the rest of this entry »