Monthly Archives: December 2012

Best of 2012: Meshell Ndegeocello

From the bassist-singer’s audacious reworking of the Nina Simone songbook. My Sunday Times round-up of albums of the year can be found here. Advertisements

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Being a patient

The sad truth is that when you go into hospital you become somewhat less than a human being. Unless, of course, you are very lucky and find yourself being looked after by staff who are not harassed or bored or … Continue reading

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Isambards

When I was researching my Stefan Zweig feature in Bath, I paid a visit to my old primary school, just down the hill from the villa that became his home at the beginning of WW2. It’s 40-odd years since I … Continue reading

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In the end he became a truck driver

“I was the guy that was supposed to Make It… ” A poignant, fascinating account of how an outsider with a high IQ and mild Asperger’s slipped down the social ladder. [Via Rod Dreher]

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Notebook

I am not sure whether I should describe myself as an egotist or an egoist. The distinction is subtle and important; I am forced to use the personal pronoun and would do anything, if I could, to avoid it in … Continue reading

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Best of 2012: Antibalas

In the run-up to Christmas I’ll be posting clips from my Sunday Times list of albums of the year. Antibalas, who provided the on-stage music for Bill T. Jones’ Broadway show, “Fela!”, scored a knock-out with their self-titled CD. The … Continue reading

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Does coffee make you impotent?

You have been warned…. From the Women’s Petition Against Coffee, 1672: Never did men wear greater breeches or carry less in them of any mettle whatsoever. On the occasion of this insufferable disaster, after a serious enquiry and discussion of … Continue reading

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Still alive

Maybe independent book shops aren’t doomed after all. The NYT discovers that e-readers are helping them to keep up with Amazon & Co. PS: Of course, there’s a good chance that the book that Joe and Joanna Public are buying is … Continue reading

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At least he had a good word to say about the cat

V.S. Naipaul’s saloon-bar misanthropy is starting to wear thin.  Isaac Chotiner deserves some kind of award just for keeping the conversation going.

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Heavenly

Folk singer Bella Hardy’s version of The Coventry Carol, one of the songs on her excellent new festive album, “Bright Morning Star”.

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