Missed last week because I was away on holiday (in Turkey – here’s my favourite fact about Turkey) celebrating my birthday. Safely back in SE London now, and this is going to be a quick one because I’m tired and there’s plenty of TV to catch up on.
Above: Something that the YouTube algorithm pushed at me: The complete saga of Harmony Korine on Letterman (and why he got banned for life).
I upped my reading ratio while I was on the sun lounger.
I read Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing by Robert Caro (excellent, especially as this is the first thing of his I’ve ever read – I need to catch up), The Never Game by Jeffrey Deaver (obligatory thriller, not great but good enough for a holiday binge), The Professor and the Parson: A Story of Desire, Deceit and Defrocking (as good as the title makes it sound and great if you love these kind of bonkers true life tales… which I do), and I finally got round to Normal People by Sally Rooney (took me a while because I didn’t love Conversations With Friends, but I thought this was phenomenal, really enjoyed it).
On the plane on the way back I watched The Perfection (insane horror thriller on Netflix, you have to go along with it and it goes a little too far off the rails at times, but made for a plane journey).
I also saw Booksmart which is one of the best films I’ve seen all year. Funny, touching, smart and great soundtrack. Everyone should see this film.
A quick run through of some articles I’ve read:
Capitalism Camp for Kids from the NY Times, scared the hell out of me.
Neal Stephenson Explains His Vision of the Digital Afterlife is worth a read.
The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones is more interesting than it’s click-baity headline would have you believe.
A good writer is hard to find is a look at the life of John ‘Stoner’ Williams.
And there’s an article in Vice about how great Nigel Slater is!
See you in a week.