All entries for January 2006
January 31, 2006
Mr and Mrs
(initial homage to Villa Pia nights)
Don't put your daughter on the stage Mrs Worthington – Vic Reeves
Frankly, Mr Shankly – The Smiths
Mr Brightside – The Killers
Mr Jones – The Psychedelic Furs
Mr Pharmacist – The Fall
Mr Robinson's quango – Blur
Mr Sellack – The Roches
Mr Writer – Stereophonics
Mr. Tambourine Man – The Byrds
Mrs. Bartolozzi- Kate Bush
Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
Any more for any more?
January 23, 2006
Read this one rather quickly as was feeling a degree of residual guilt for (a) really not enjoying Scoop and (b) having read hardly any Waugh (but see (a)). Anyway, I was genuinely surprised that I did quite enjoy it. It is a pretty unlikely set of scenarios and some fantastically absurd names (especially liked Lady Circumference) and scenes (delightful setting of Scone College).
But it did all feel pretty dated in a way that other period novels somehow don't. Anyway, an amusing enough diversion but not exactly the non-stop hilarious romp promised in the blurb.
In an attempt to promote further sales and to encourage people to get hold of what will no doubt become a prized first edition, it seemed sensible to issue a reminder of this purchasing opportunity!
Unmissable… buy it from link
January 22, 2006
January 21, 2006
This is genuinely one of the best books I have ever read (top 10, anyway). It is a while since I have picked up but I would heartily recommend it as I would any of his other books (think there are only five novels in total and some poems, a travelogue and some other fragments).
His work is difficult to categorise but seems to me to be just staggeringly original and distinctive.
January 15, 2006
Writing about web page http://books.guardian.co.uk/extracts/story/0,,1685955,00.htmlI liked this article in Saturday's Grauniad. The typology of storylines (Man in a hole, Cinderella and Metamorphosis) is particularly entertaining. Type C just seems like real life.
I'm quite pleased with the sheer banality of this.
Bet no-one can guess which seat of learning owns it (it's not us).