Good evening. Here is the news When I was younger (Oh, no it’s one of those …) news was a fixed point in the day. You would tune in to the news on BBC or ITV at 6 o’clock and hear a 15m bulletin. If you wanted more depth you might get it on the … Read moreWhy I’m avoiding the news for a month
I’ve just finished reading Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography Born To Run. It’s a strong book, as strong as his best songs. That same mix of drama, fervent belief, bluster and a sense of the ridiculous that marks his live show is here in every chapter. Perhaps surprisingly it leaves you with a strong sense of what … Read moreBruce Springsteen – Born To Run
SECRETS ARE LIES SHARING IS CARING PRIVACY IS THEFT These are the slogans of the the eponymous organisation in Dave Eggers’ The Circle, a Google/Apple/Twitter search and social media outfit run by young Silicon Valley enthusiasts. Despite the (deliberate) echo of Orwell’s 1984, this organisation doesn’t set out deliberately to be brutal or fascistic. It’s a dystopia created by … Read moreWill The Circle be broken?
I’ve been reading this a little at a time over the last week or two. It’s a strange one. Unlike, say Dylan or Keith Richard’s autobiographies, there’s no flamboyant writerly style in this book. The prose is almost mundane in places, which is surprising given the skill and dedication of its author. That’s not to … Read morePete Townshend: Who I Am
Last year I took a subscription to Time magazine, mainly because I liked the free watch you got. I still use it and like it, and I think it’s a good magazine too. Last week I got a nice letter from their publishe, a gentleman called Andy Bush. He begins with a sense of urgency: … Read moreTime I was recognised as a leading influential
When I was 12, I came across Thor Annual #2 in a local chip shop cum newsagent. I liked all forms of comics but not in any serious way. I’d read some American comics, all DCs like Batman and Superman but only the occasional Marvel and what I’d seen of them just confused me. But … Read moreThor – at last!