Too busy to read much at the moment so if I try to compete with the
comprehensive cultural smorgasbords some people on this thing have
on display, I'll fail miserably.
If I was being bitter I would concede that you probably know more
than me about books and disarm your smug literary superiority with
a patronising pat on the head. And then google the author you
name-dropped to try to impress someone else with.
Having deliberated over what counts as 'favourite', I've decided
that it must fit one or both of the following criteria:
1. You loved it when you were a teenager and even though you
haven't read / listened to / watched it for 5 years, you haven't
read / listened to / watched anything since then worthy of
2. It leaves such an impression on you that you start to speak and
feel like the lead character. Hence my Tony Soprano / Long John
Silver / Victor Frankenstein / Stringer Bell phases.
Obligatory band list:
Once a Radiohead / Pixies lover, now more into old men with guitars
/ D&B if I'm out.
Still can't get better than the Smiths and Jeff Buckley.
Loving High Contrast while running.
Will never abandon Leonard Cohen, Manic Street Preachers and PJ
Assorted others - Cure, Dylan, Beirut, The Clash, Joe Strummer,
Neil Young, Nick Cave, REM...
Frankenstein is my favourite book at the moment.
I'm revisiting Hemingway on the bus to work this week.
Loic Wacquant: Body and Soul.
A range of social and political texts which I haven't opened for 2
years but still insist are important to me. Evidently clinging on
to my fading academic identity... I either can't remember how to
spell the names of continental socio-philosophers or can't bring
myself to namedrop.
Being a teacher ... Roald Dahl.
Spike Milligan's nonsense poetry helps make me look wackier than I
am to children. Benjamin Zephaniah makes me look cooler than I am
Apocalypse Now is excellent and I won't be told otherwise by film
buffs. Werner Herzog is hit and miss and I won't be told otherwise
by film buffs, but I did enjoy Grizzly Man recently.
Most of Radio 4 - The Now Show, Friday Night Comedy, the News Quiz
are part of my staple diet.
On TV... The Thick of It, Have I got News for You, (Despite the
tedious jokes about Scottish people). At the moment the return of
the Hour, until my interest peters out. Whoever's behind it shares
my dogmatic allegiance to public broadcasting
Finding episodes of Boardwalk Empire online.
Just read Victoria Pendleton's autobiography in post-Olympic fever
- Verdict: Average.