Wait until next year

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Tag: culture

You Like Potato – Matters of taste from Woody Allen to Céline Dion

In Woody Allen’s Manhattan the protagonist Issac Davis talks into a tape recorder, listing what he believes makes life worth living. It is a key scene and a clever device. The list gives us an insight into Davis’ personality, his motivations, his desires:

“Why is life worth living? It’s a very good question. There are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Like what…okay…For me, I would say… what, Groucho Marx, to name one thing…and Willie Mays…and the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony…and Louis Armstrong, recording of Potato Head Blues…Swedish movies, naturally… Sentimental Education by Flaubert…Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra…those incredible Apples and Pears by Cezanne…the crabs at Sam Wo’s…Tracy’s face…” Read the rest of this entry »

The camera lies

Boy holding camera

A few recent scenarios for you. All happened. All involved technology. All were kind of annoying, or at least eye-opening. In each case I couldn’t quite figure out how much I should blame the technology, and how much I should blame the person. Or indeed, how much I should blame myself for a particular worldview. Read the rest of this entry »

Critical Mass

Men reading the paperBeing the navel-gazing/thoughtful (delete as appropriate) guy that I am, I often think about the role blogging can, might and should play. The medium has progressed from mere online diary to something more substantial and worthwhile. But it is still ripe for attack from blogging sceptics. Read the rest of this entry »

Stuff I’ve been reading this week that you should think about reading too

don't worry, we're from the internetThis is a thinly veiled attempt to increase my posting frequency without having to put a whole lot of thought or effort into it. So, thinly veiled, in fact, that I have explained my motivation in the very first sentence. But I bet you are now just itching to click through to find a few links, probably poorly formatted, with my ill-considered commentary attached? Read the rest of this entry »