Monthly Archives: August 2016

Outsider

I should have paid more attention. Until this morning, I had no idea that the economics editor of the Guardian was in the anti-EU camp: When I voted for Brexit on 23 June, I did so for three reasons: because … Continue reading

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Waters of March revisited

The advent of the Rio Olympics has given me a good excuse to link some of my favourite Brazilian music on Twitter. This one is slightly different: the multilingual Stacey Kent sings a French version of one of Jobim’s greatest … Continue reading

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Notebook

That was the whole point, after all. To do with a few swipes of a blade what years on an analyst’s couch, or in an asylum’s cell, failed to accomplish. Freeman expended a great deal of energy trying to gather … Continue reading

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Going up or coming down?

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Over-hyped & over here

Every critic in America seems to be raving about Paul Beatty’s novel, “The Sellout”. I wish I knew why. My review in The Times: “Swiftian satire of the highest order,” declared The Wall Street Journal. “Among the most important and difficult … Continue reading

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Readers vs burners

In honour of #NationalBookLoversDay, the Japanese poster for Truffaut’s  adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451”. [HT: @41Strange]

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Nina’s man

The arrival of “The Philips Years” – seven albums spanning the mid -1960s – gave me the perfect excuse to revisit some of Nina Simone’s most idiosyncratic recordings. The “Pastel Blues” set, for instance, seems to get overlooked nowadays, but … Continue reading

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On Parliament Hill

A beautiful afternoon. I think it’s only the second time I’ve ever been there. My loss.

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Bossa nova: poetry, not easy listening

When it started, I thought Katie Derham’s BBC4 documentary was going to be yet another of those clichéd, sun-kissed strolls along the seafront. I was wrong. Derham – who has spent a lot of time in Brazil over the years … Continue reading

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Comedy masterclass

Quite an evening. My review of Bill Burr’s show in Bristol: Sometimes there is a fine line between being a world-class stand-up and one of those taxi drivers who won’t stop ranting into the rear-view mirror. Part of the joy … Continue reading

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