Last week I went back to Liverpool with a few friends to mark the 25th (!) anniversary of us all going to university there. Yes, I am officially old now. Which is why this GQ article on ‘being washed’ really struck a chord with me.
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if more of us admitted…not defeat, necessarily, but the possibility of defeat? If more of us were washed? And in doing so allowed ourselves to find what pleasure, or peace, might await on the other side?
(I don’t play golf though. I’m not at that point… yet.)
The musician Daniel Johnston died earlier this month. I wasn’t an obsessive fan of his or anything, but I liked his music and really enjoyed the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston. This article from Longreads is one of the best I read after he passed away.
I hate giving up on books, but this week I decided to give up on Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory. The set up was really intriguing, but it just didn’t grab me and I had to make myself put it back on the shelf even though I was half way through it. I picked up Lovecraft Country instead, and already I’m a lot happier.
In between the two I demolished the new Stephen King novel, The Institute, in two days flat. I hope he keeps writing books forever.
What I’ve done most of the past few weeks is watch films. I’ve been working my way through quite a few cult classics as well as some new movies. Here’s the list:
The Long Goodbye (1973)
F for Fake (1973)
Hard Eight (1996)
Night of the Demon (1957)
Harold and Maude (1971)
Billy Jack (1971)
Of the classics, I loved Harold and Maude and Night of the Demon. From the new stuff, Parasite was my favourite I think. Shirkers was the pick of the documentaries. I also read a really good article about the Billy Jack phenomenon.
I’ll leave you this week with some Four Tet: