Week notes 2020-08

  • Above, David Byrne (67!) performing “Once in a Lifetime” on SNL.
  • It’s going to take a lot to convince me that there is a more inspiring person in the world than David Byrne right now.
  • Week notes are late this week because Nina is still away, I am being a single dad to Buster, and occupying myself by seeing friends to play boardgames, eat nice food, and go to the pub – it’s exhausting!
  • I did find a bit of time to watch Harmony Korine’s latest, The Beach Bum, this week. I am very torn on what to think. On the one hand the cinematography is amazing, the cast (including Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron and Jonah Hill) are all having a whale of a time and do a great job, and the whole thing is agreeably bonkers and uplifting in a strange way. But on the other hand, at some points the characters act like self-centered pricks (violently mugging an old man to get money to spend on booze and weed for instance) and there’s no real heart or depth to the film.
  • Last weekend a couple of friends came round (to meet Buster), and I made Alison Roman’s steak tacos with a peanut and chilli salsa (from her amazing book which I got for Christmas). Bloody hell it was good (accompanied by a ton of beers from Craft & Courage in Crystal Palace).
  • Tomorrow I take Buster in to the office for the first time! Wish me luck.
  • To finish this week: a killer, drumless mix of Hall & Oates’ classic Maneater.

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