I may have just decided I need to go to Interpol’s gig in February.
It may have been the result of playing this song in my car as if the past 8 years had never passed.
God Help The Girl is a musical feature film, which will be made in 2012. It is written and is to be directed by Stuart Murdoch, the lead singer of the group Belle And Sebastian.
Listen to the soundtrack, if you haven’t already. If there was a definition of “lovely music” on the dictionary, this would be it.
~ R.I.P. Nadine Gordimer (via bookporn)
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
With many thanks to @youneedasoultraveller who tagged me.
It’s things like these that make me thankful for that Anobii account I still somehow remember to keep up to date. So, in no particular order:
1. James Ellroy - L.A. Confidential
James Ellroy is a hell of a dark, sick, twisted literary genius. No one ever wrote a thriller so perfect, complex and gripping as this one, and no one ever will.
2. Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things
Few books portray the innocence of children and the deep connection between two human beings like this one. The language it’s written in truly is the language of love.
3. Jonathan Coe - The Rotters’ Club
If you ever were a teenager, you’ll definitely identify yourself with at least one of The Rotters’ Club's characters. If you're an adult, you'll feel a pang of nostalgia for those years: the years when music was all that could speak your mind, the years of uproarious inside jokes with your mates, the years of cruel, unrequited love, the years of fleeting, unconditional happiness intertwined with doubt and fear of the future to come. And these are just two of many, many reasons why this is a book worth reading again and again.
4. Zadie Smith - White Teeth
Zadie Smith never wrote another book as good as this, and however good a writer she is, I suspect she never will. White Teeth is a masterpiece from start to end, with its bunch of perfectly sketched characters, its colourful and characteristic language, and a plot capable of making you laugh out loud, cry your heart out and burst with anger, often at the same time. The fact that it’s set in a part of London I was living in when I read it is an added bonus, which made the experience even richer, and inspired me a tiny bit of love for that shabby side of North-West London, despite myself.
5. Mordecai Richler - Barney’s Version
Read this, and you’ll find yourself rolling on the floor laughing in no time. Then you’ll start recommending it to every friend or family member willing to listen to you (prepare for a few “Enough with that damn book already!” or “Barney’s what?”). Next thing you know, you’re texting your best friend, who read it thanks to you, exchanging your favourite quotes and rolling on the floor laughing alone in your bedroom like a silly thing. I’m speaking by experience, folks - and you must read this.
6. Junot Diaz - This Is How You Lose Her
This is the one I read most recently. I simply love Diaz’s writing, and was eager to read his next work after The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. It was well worth waiting all these years.
7. David Foster Wallace - The Pale King
David Foster Wallace has a talent for saying the petty, apparently insignificant yet extremely meaningful things that go through your head and you’d never have the guts to write down. I lost count of the times I’ve spotted a thought or a detail on a page, and said to myself “This. just THIS”. Reading The Pale King often felt like hearing someone speak my mind. I now want to read everything DFW ever published - I suspect it will be just as eye-opening, or even more.
8. Jonathan Franzen - The Corrections
Far too many years ago, my mother bought this book, and left it on her shelf, unread, for months. I finished it before she could start it, and pretty much begged her to read it as soon as she could. If you like family sagas, this is the best you can get - Franzen’s writing inspires strong feelings and meaningful reflection like very few authors can.
9. Nick Hornby - Fever Pitch
Everything I know about British football, I know because of this book (and David Peace’s The Damned United, which is one hell of a good read as well). Nick Hornby’s writing voice is hilarious, heartfelt and irresistibly human - this is his best work, together with High Fidelity.
10. Daniel Pennac - The Fairy Gunmother
This is the first “adult” book I remember reading and actually enjoying; as many others, one I surreptitiously picked from my mother’s shelf, at an age when I was still supposed to read children’s books I’d long outgrown. It inspired me a love for intricated family sagas, dark humour and introspective, heartwarmingly human main characters that stayed with me until this very day.
Now, I’m too scared to spam anyone to actually tag you, so let’s do it like this: rip this off my page if you’re in the mood for doing it, just make sure you tag me so I can have a look at your list. Deal?
The mother of all GPOYs.
(by Gemma Correll)
Cooking the perfect homemade pizza is a long, trying journey. Years of sitting at the restaurant, and getting a piping hot, perfect pizza within ten minutes of ordering it may trick you into thinking that pizza making is an easy job, but the truth is a hard one to swallow. It takes extensive research,frustrating trials and errors, and the odd meltdown to reach the “eureka!” moment you were…
I could go on for hours about the pleasure of dipping a cheeky finger in the raw batter, or tasting the silky, boozy glaze directly from the spoon, but I’ll leave the final judgement to you. My guess? You’ll love this loaf if you’re a cheeky bowl licker; if your willpower is strong enough to resist until the last drop of glaze has set, you’ll love it even more.
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