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Consumed the week of 11 February, 2019

This week I drank a few pints of white chocolate, strawberry gelato beer (which also includes chilli and basil) and it was actually really good. I spent the weekend up in Manchester (Stockport, actually) which gave me the chance to draw monster comics with my nephew (I expect my creation, Cheesezilla to be optioned by […]

Consumed the week of 4 February, 2019

Above is Purl, a new animated short from Pixar about a ball of wool that starts a new job at B.R.O. Capital and “quickly feels out of place among all the men in suits”. Talking of childish delights… Cookie Monster did a Reddit AMA this week, and it was predictably brilliant. Kottke has a great […]

Consumed the week of 28 January, 2019

Above, the beautiful “10-by-20-foot oil painting of an elaborately coifed and dressed 17th-century marquis and assorted courtiers entering the city of Jerusalem,” discovered while they were preparing the new Oscar de la Renta boutique in Paris. You can read the full story of how they found it and what’s going to happend to it over […]

Consumed the week of 21 January, 2019

Above, the brilliant Phoebe Waller Bridge answers Vogue’s 73 questions. Murder Murder Hair! Last year I averaged one book a week. So far this year I’ve averaged one a month. That’s entirely down to Charlis Palliser’s The Quincunx, a 1,200 page mid-nineteenth-century “sensation novel” that was actually published in the late 1980s. I heard about […]

Consumed the week of 14 January, 2019

There’s two very distinct themes in my media consumption this week. One theme (as you might have guessed from the clip above) is The Sopranos. My favourite TV series of all time (yes, it’s far superior to The Wire, West Wing and Breaking Bad… don’t @ me) is 20 years old this month, so there’s […]

Consumed the week of 7 January, 2019

Above, Chance the Rapper meet Cookie Monster (and Elmo). Difficult not to love. At the other end of the spectrum, here’s a long and quite technical read about The Rise and Demise of RSS from Motherboard. It’s not an easy read but if, like me, you think the death of RSS was a pretty big nail […]

Consumed the week of 31 December, 2018

Although this is my first post of 2019, the title still has the number 2018 in it, so let’s do a very quick retrospective. I read 52 books last year. Here they all are. I admit that I got to 51 in the few days running up to the end of the year and so […]

Articles of 2018: A megalist

For my last post of the year I thought I’d collect all my favourite articles/essays/long reads of the year. So here they all are (over 65 of them) categorised as best as I can for you to dig into over Christmas and into the new year. Have a great break and see you in 2019. […]

Consumed the week of 3 December, 2018

Above: at the recording of the Dance to the Music of Time-themed Backlisted podcast at the LRB Bookshop (thanks Scott for the photo). We (me and the two friends who read all 12 volumes this year… and who met up at the Ritz to talk about it… and who went to see painting at the Wallace […]

Consumed the week of 26 November, 2018

Above, Ad-rock of the Beastie Boys, on stage at Kentish Town Forum as part of their book tour. I spent a very entertaining evening watching him and Mike D talk about their careers.  Unfortunately the magician Ricky Jay died this week. I remember watching him on late night TV shows in my childhood (I’d tape […]