I watched Avengers: Endgame this week. I enjoyed it a lot. Not ‘five stars’ as a few critics have said, but definitely four.
There were more than a few think pieces around this week, as that Game of Thrones episode aired in the same week. This was the best of them I think, but even this one is a little meandering and toothless. Honestly, I think it’s going to take while for us to work out where all this is heading.
A better read are ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Has Taken Over the World. Let’s Talk About Fan Service and Marvel’s Legacy and ‘Avengers: Endgame’: The Screenwriters Answer Every Question You Might Have, both from the NY Times.
One of my favourite reads of the week was also from the NY Times (don’t worry I give the money via a digital subscription). One Island, 32 Miles, a Million Emotions is a short essay about a 12-hour walking tour around the edge of Manhattan. It’s great.
I also enjoyed (if that’s the word) To Grieve Is to Carry Another Time by Matthew Salesses at Longreads. Hard going, but very worth it.
Also from Longreads is None of the President’s Men about pop culture’s portrayal of journalism (clue: the real thing is nowhere near as romantic as the 70s heyday).
A bit more relaxed is The Irish Pub Is Dead, Long Live the Irish Pub which is an essay about gentrification in NYC. I realise now that I’m a bit obsessed with gentrification.
And as a big Eno fan, I gobbled up The Essential Guide to Roxy Music, From the Songs to the Eno-Ferry Feud by Vulture.
Talking of subscriptions… about a year ago The Times Literary Supplement began arriving through our letterbox. It was addressed to my wife and had out correct address…except the address also contained ‘Barnsley’ (the town closest to where I grew up). To this day we have no idea why it started arriving, but it suddenly stopped a few weeks ago, so I just spent my own money resubscribing as I’d enjoyed reading it so much. If that’s some kind of strategy by the publishers…well, it works.
I also just took out a subscription to The Idler. Who says the hardcopy press is dead?!
Books this week: I ripped through Austn Kleon’s Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad which was a good follow up to How To Do Nothing.
As for music this week, here’s my 50+ track ‘summer playlist’ for this year: