Monthly Archives: September 2013

The reality of graduate unemployment

A parent writes to the Times [£]: I have yet to hear any of the political party conferences say something positive about youth unemployment, especially about graduates. They seem to have been forgotten, with almost 19 per cent of graduates … Continue reading

Posted in UK politics

A classic in the making

I think I may  have heard my album of the year. My Sunday Times review is here [£].

Posted in Music

Introducing Tobuscus

No, I’d never heard of him either. Thoughtful piece by the LRB’s Jenny Turner on children and the Internet: I’ve been watching Tobuscus for a while now, not because I think he’s good – I can’t stand him – but … Continue reading

Posted in Technology

A Gallic twist

Stacey Kent’s fine new album, “The Changing Lights”, has an unmistakeable flavour of Brazil and bossa nova. It’s not the first time, though, that she’s delved into the Antonio Carlos Jobim songbook: “Les Eaux de Mars”, recorded a couple of years … Continue reading

Posted in Brazil, Music, Uncategorized

Notebook

I grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore… My generation makes fun of the suburbs and the shopping malls, the TV commercials and the sitcoms that we grew up with – but they’re part of us too. So our ironic … Continue reading

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Magical MIMO

My Times review of the MIMO festival in Olinda: If one moment summed up the spirit of this festival, it came during the spellbinding concert by the Coltranesque saxophonist Carlos Malta. In the stunning if less than pristine Baroque setting … Continue reading

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Almost a religious painting

George Harrison writing autographs for fans, London, 1964.  [Via @historicalpics]

Posted in Music, Photography

The future of politics, circa 1970

Reflecting on David Frost’s death the other day, comedy critic Bruce Dessau made a passing reference to “The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer”, a film I’ve never actually seen:  “Some said the lead character, a ruthless ex-advertising man-turned-politician, had more … Continue reading

Posted in Comedy, Film, Politics, UK politics

Modern meanings

Droll, would-be lexicographer Teju Cole updates Flaubert, Ambrose Bierce and Doctor Johnson. Some examples of his handiwork: INTERNET. A waste of time. Have a long online argument with anyone who disagrees. JAZZ. America’s classical music. The last album was released … Continue reading

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Wide-eyed in Olinda

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