My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-7-24) →
Suede (23) The National (12) Bright Eyes (3) BBC Radio 4 (3) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (2) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Alan Moore: an extraordinary gentleman – Q&A →
Always lovely to read another Alan Moore interview - this one focuses on the soon-to-be released next instalment from the League of Extraordinary Gentleman series.
How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
A delightful, charming book - one of the funniest I’ve read in years - that sets out politely what is wrong with society when it comes to its relationship with women, and what can be done to fix it. Moran doesn’t pull her punches, but neither is she either unkind or unfair, and the end result is a fantastic polemic, that any sensible human being can only come to agree with. And did I...
Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
The first half of this book is quite a good story, not particularly overblown, and generally inoffensive, but for the second half, Fleming really pulls out all the stops and creates a ludicrous finale that not only makes little to no sense, but also manages to squeeze yet more racism and sexism, mixing in some as yet unseen female homophobia for good measure. Sigh. Goldfinger on Amazon
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-7-10) →
Duke Ellington (15) tUnE-yArDs (10) Sufjan Stevens (10) TV on the Radio (8) BBC Radio 4 (5) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-7-3) →
Battles (26) Bon Iver (21) Suede (12) Arcade Fire (12) PJ Harvey (12) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Dr No by Ian Fleming
Even as Bond stories go, this one feels far-fetched. And in true Fleming style, with him being obsessed by race in a rather creepy way, it’s about a Chinese man who bases himself in Jamaica, and so has servants who are half-Jamaican, half-Chinese. Of course. It’s reasonably engrossing nonetheless, though. Dr No on Amazon
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-6-26) →
Bon Iver (31) Battles (26) Bellowhead (14) Sufjan Stevens (13) Tune-Yards (10) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-6-19) →
PJ Harvey (24) TV on the Radio (11) Tune-Yards (10) London Symphony Orchestra (10) BBC Radio 4 (7) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-6-12) →
PJ Harvey (37) Tune-Yards (19) Sufjan Stevens (16) Bellowhead (15) BBC Radio 4 (8) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by...
Interesting, well-written book that often explains complex economic details in very simple language (indeed, it includes one of the best explanations for the credit crunch that I’ve read anywhere). The premise, that setting up systems so that there is room for failure, is persuasive and Harford is the first to point out areas in which the simplest version of his theory is likely to fail, and...