Read this week:
Send the Barbarian in First is a rather beautifully written tribute to Dungeons and Dragons (and its power to bring generations together) by George Murray. As someone who played D&D through his early teens (normally in a vacant geography classroom, at lunchtimes) it made me very nostalgic indeed.
The rest of the week has been spent reading A Question of Upbringing, the first volume of A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell. I’ve agreed to try and read one volume a month for the whole year (there are twelve volumes, duh), inspired by Andy Miller of the Backlisted podcast (and my friend John who is a Backlisted devotee and who is embarking on the same challenge).
In the middle of reading that, I devoured Andy Miller’s own book, The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life. I devoured it over a day and a half. It’s brilliant.
Watched this week:
Went to see The Post and, as predicted, I loved it. It’s definitely flawed, but not very. And the fact that it seems to have been made specifically for me (a self-confessed Ben Bradlee nerd) helps a lot. If you have seen and enjoyed The Post, then you should seek out the HBO documentary The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (that’s the trailer above).
I also watched Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, the story of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist who helped invent the lie detector test and created Wonder Woman and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and their student. This is more flawed than The Post, mainly because it tries to cram an awful lot in to a 100 minutes and has to skip over a lot to tell the story it wants to tell. But what is there is nicely shot and it’s just great to see a love story like this told in a Hollywood move (and, my god, Rebecca Hall is magnificent).