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Re: New now reading

Posted: 29 May 2018, 20:51
by Darkness_Fish
Insouciant Western People wrote:I once organised and hosted a couple of reading and signing events with him, one of them at the Morden Tower in Newcastle. It was around 1996, when he'd just brought out D'Alembert's Principle. I liked that one, and its predecessor Pfitz a great deal. I keep meaning to get around to reading more of his books, I have a couple more at home in the to-read pile.

Nice bloke too. He has a PhD in Physics if I remember rightly, specialising in non-linear dynamics.

I was a bit nonplussed by it, to be honest. It might seem a strange criticism, but I just thought it was a bit gimmicky, which given the theme it was always going to be a struggle to avoid. It was a pleasant enough read, but I expected more of a wow factor, something more unexpected, something with a bit more depth. I've also got a nagging feeling it's not the first time I've read it - which could very well be a case of life imitating art.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 29 May 2018, 20:56
by Darkness_Fish
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Only just started this, but every time I pick up a novel by Galgut, I'm surprised by how little I see his work mentioned or discussed anywhere. The man can seriously write, the beauty of his prose is up there with anyone, and the slightly dislocated, dreamlike atmosphere he conjures up is really, really distinctive.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 29 May 2018, 21:25
by Diamond Dog



"Indeed, asked to explain any controversy in his life ....... re-recording an entire Simon and Garfunkel reunion project as a solo Paul Simon album (Hearts and Bones) — Simon is as slippery as an eel and as self-justifying as an O.J. Simpson juror. "

That's patently untrue.

We had grown apart 11 years. We don’t think the same way musically, we don’t agree, we don’t think the same way. We’d had 11 years of making our own records...no one had to agree with you and you just did what you wanted...Artie would write a harmony that he really liked...I would say ‘I don’t like that harmony’…’ He'd say 'Well it's the right harmony' And I'd say "You can't just write the wrong harmony for my song' 'We’re stuck, we’re at an impasse. We shouldn’t be making a record together if we disagree about what’s the right and what’s the wrong harmony.’"

That's a direct quote from the book (page 242).

So I'd politely suggest Clinton Heylin either has a bad memory, an agenda against Simon, or never read the book in the first place.

Or a combination of all three.

In fact that's a part of a web page I found here : https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/725 ... and-Bones/

Where there is also this :

Some of the songs in my private rehearsal time, I took into a wonderful place and saw that it’s just like Bridge Over Troubled Water. Again I’m going to enhance these things and make them very palatable and very appealing cause of what I can do with a harmony and how I can rearrange things and how I can take a good song and add a whole other thing called ‘very interesting performance to good song’... So I was about to do that to all the songs and Paul...Paul called me one day...he said ‘Artie I’m wiping all your tapes. I’m wiping your harmonies off the album’...’and I’m marrying Carrie Fisher on Tuesday, wanna come to the wedding"’” - Art Garfunkel

Well well.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 31 May 2018, 20:51
by Darkness_Fish
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The previous Michael Connelly books I've read have definitely been a cut above your average crime fiction pot-boiler, and I'm hoping this one is no exception.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 02 Jun 2018, 16:59
by Jimbo
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Just ordered this.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 13 Jun 2018, 22:10
by joklend
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Making slow work of this due to work and life bothering me.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 13 Jun 2018, 22:27
by Diamond Dog
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I've started this and, so far, it's one of the better reads regarding that crazy 12 weeks from the announcement of his candidacy to his assassination.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 14 Jun 2018, 08:57
by Darkness_Fish
Just finished David Szalay's All That Man Is. And apparently man is a collection of 9 weakly written, ineffectual and unconnected short stories.

Now back to the crime fiction:

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Re: New now reading

Posted: 14 Jun 2018, 09:20
by Toby
I've just finished that Szalay book too and I'd agree with you.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 14 Jun 2018, 11:17
by Deebank
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Entertaining and elegantly-written biog with Damon the unmentioned mockney elephant in the room.

Recommended.

I'm not sure it's a 'work of 'staggering genius' mind you, but great nonetheless.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 14 Jun 2018, 12:15
by Diamond Dog
A few of you on here may be interested in this crowdfunded book, entitled "A Guide To Modernism In Metro-Land" by Joshua Abbott.
It's halfway to being fully funded so please take a look and sign up if you fancy a copy of the book.

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Modernism in Metro-Land started as a website in 2011 and has grown to explore modernist buildings throughout suburban London. Inspired by John Betjeman’s Metro-Land (1973) television programme and the architectural books by Ian Nairn, the website examines the growth of the suburbs from the 1920s to the present day through its modernist designs. Featuring architects such as Charles Holden, Erno Goldfinger and Norman Foster, Modernism in Metro-Land also shows the development of modernist architecture in Britain from its introduction in the 1920s right up to the brink of the 21st century. As well as the website, Modernism in Metro-Land also hosts tours of the modernist stations of the Piccadilly and Central Lines, as well as being a fixture of the annual Open House London weekend with its Stanmore Art Deco house walking tour.

And, no, I'm not on commission.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 17 Jun 2018, 00:40
by Jimbo
The Cornwell Shakespeare book was entertaining and informative if you are interested in how theater was back in those days.

Next up is this

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Re: New now reading

Posted: 17 Jun 2018, 08:09
by Copehead
Deebank wrote:Image

Entertaining and elegantly-written biog with Damon the unmentioned mockney elephant in the room.

Recommended.

I'm not sure it's a 'work of 'staggering genius' mind you, but great nonetheless.




I really enjoyed that.
A cut above the usual rock star memoire; he had such a strange upbringing - working class bohemian.
I like the way that it ends of the cusp of success and also how Albarn is just hinted at - the Popscene annuals and the "Modern Life is Rubbish" graffito.
There is no point scoring or argument settling.

On the downside I got little feel for what made them stand out from the crowd at the time musically and how that alchemy happened and some of the turns of phrase lean towards the overly flowery but never spiral into Morrisseyesque jarring clangers.

Better read as a personal period piece rather than an exposition on Suede.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 17 Jun 2018, 12:32
by Deebank
Copehead wrote:On the downside I got little feel for what made them stand out from the crowd at the time musically and how that alchemy happened.


Wasn't that the point of the book?

It was the failure that made them? Ditching Justine and giving Butler free rein?

On a similar note I've been listening to Dog Man Star a bit lately - the end of side two is a staggering work of genius :lol:

Re: New now reading

Posted: 17 Jun 2018, 13:18
by Copehead
Deebank wrote:
Copehead wrote:On the downside I got little feel for what made them stand out from the crowd at the time musically and how that alchemy happened.


Wasn't that the point of the book?

It was the failure that made them? Ditching Justine and giving Butler free rein?

On a similar note I've been listening to Dog Man Star a bit lately - the end of side two is a staggering work of genius :lol:


Have you heard their last album - it is a real return to form?

I got the point about Freischman leaving giving them space but got little sense of the relationship of Butler and Anderson that her leaving allowed to flourish, he seemed far closer to Osman, obviously.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 17 Jun 2018, 13:30
by Deebank
Copehead wrote:
Deebank wrote:
Copehead wrote:On the downside I got little feel for what made them stand out from the crowd at the time musically and how that alchemy happened.


Wasn't that the point of the book?

It was the failure that made them? Ditching Justine and giving Butler free rein?

On a similar note I've been listening to Dog Man Star a bit lately - the end of side two is a staggering work of genius :lol:


Have you heard their last album - it is a real return to form?

I got the point about Freischman leaving giving them space but got little sense of the relationship of Butler and Anderson that her leaving allowed to flourish, he seemed far closer to Osman, obviously.


Luke Haines has quite a lot to say about it all in his excellent - and very funny - biog Bad Vibes. Highly recommended!

John Harris's The Last Party is also very good on this pivotal point in the formation of Britpop.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 18 Jun 2018, 20:28
by Copehead
Deebank wrote:[
Luke Haines has quite a lot to say about it all in his excellent - and very funny - biog Bad Vibes. Highly recommended!

John Harris's The Last Party is also very good on this pivotal point in the formation of Britpop.


Thanks for reminding me about that, I had bought it but it had never downloaded to my kindle for some reason.
Now it has and the opening chapter about being attacked by a dwarf on stage is one of the funniest things I have ever read.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 19 Jun 2018, 07:28
by Toby
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Re: New now reading

Posted: 25 Jun 2018, 20:02
by Diamond Dog
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Just re-started this - the subject matter is well known, but there is some fantastic detail here regarding the four main components of 'the team' (Bernstein, Sondheim, Laurents and Robbins) as they worked on the idea for years before the realisation of "West Side Story" on Broadway in 1958..... quite a bit of background on NYC itself at the time, and how that informed the musical.

Re: New now reading

Posted: 25 Jun 2018, 20:04
by Diamond Dog
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I've started this and, so far, it's one of the better reads regarding that crazy 12 weeks from the announcement of his candidacy to his assassination.



This was excellent and well worth picking up if you're interested in the Robert Kennedy 'phenomenon' of 1968.