Posts from July 2007
At work today I was doing a bit of research on sweets, and found a site which boasted a “Bush Tucker Prize” jar – an enormous plastic thing designed to cash in on the I’m A Celebrity reality show. The jar was filled with jelly and candy insects, worms, and animals of all kinds. The nominal weight, explained the site, was two kilograms – but they cram it as full as they possibly can so it actually weighs much more. The photo proved their claim – no possibility of telling individual shapes or sweets apart, everything rammed and mashed in until it squashed against the sides and distorted.
Most of the names for people who like to have an alcoholic drink seem a bit too pejorative for my liking. Leaving out ALCOHOLIC as sufferers of a disease*, other phrases still have the nutella of disapproval spread all over them. HEAVY DRINKER seems tainted by Heavy Smoker (and look at the first picture you get when you put “Heavy Drinker” into Google Image Search). BOOZER rhymes with Loser. WINE SNOB / WINE TASTER / MEMBER OF A WINE APPRECIATION SOCIETY – all seem pretty keen on the wine aspect. And Snob and Taster both put a negative spin on what they are actually doing, guzzling bottles of wine by the pint. Swop BEER in for any of those occurrences of wine and the problem remains. Put the word ALCOHOL in again and you are back to the problem of alcoholic. And it isn’t the taste of the alcohol that I am keen on anyway. It is the nice drink + slight inebriation + social interaction I am after.
This week’s tracks are on the theme of RELIGION. Go here to vote and discuss them – no revealing who did what!
New Pitchfork column – ostensibly about the Smiths, with an unfair glancing reference to the Sugababes and an uninformed one to Interpol – uninformed, though probably not wrong. Writing this was a bitty process and unfortunately it shows – I think there’s stuff here I will build on in other columns though. (Summary: MOAR EMO).
Like many seventeenth century punters who did not early adopt Facebook or the like, we don’t know much about Molière’s life. Much like we don’t know an awful lot about Shakespeare’s day to day routine. This I fear is not a good enough reason in both cases to suggest that the highpoint in their respective bodies of literature are based on real actual events than happened to them which resembled nothing more that an early 21st century romantic comedy.
It is particularly galling for Molière, writer of noted farces, to suggest that an aspect of his life was indeed a plainly ridiculous farce that he later based Tartuffe on. It does however allow the film-maker to make a freely adapted version of Tartuffe without having to bother with Molière’s language, pacing or indeed plot to do so. Instead you can just dress up an attractive young actor like the very few poor paintings of Molière that exist, stuff the ladies into corsets and you have a pleasantly amenable period rom-com.
seems like everyone i’ve ever been in love with has been a bergman lover, some of them fixating on films which shd maybe have pressed the panic button WELL in advance… on the other hand joan tate, who wz the first (i wz maybe 5 when i fell for her), and who translated his autobiography, is who set me on the course of wantin to be a writer so hurrah
anyway IB (1918-2007) :(
It’s nice to see MTV putting long-form reviews online. But when it’s as hapless and baffled as Kurt Loder’s review of “Sicko” one begins to wish they hadn’t.
Loder, you may remember, is the éminence grisé of MTV News — the laconic, jaded one who was a little older than everyone else and so tasked with all the big stories — Courtney Love, global warming, stuff like that. Or you may not.
In his review, Loder says that Michael Moore has “cherry-picked facts” in his film and resorted to “manipulating interviews”. Indeed, the headline of Loder’s piece says that Moore’s film is “heavily doctored”. Moore is a “brazen” “con man”, “never more so than in this movie”, we learn.
Strong words. (If printed in England, they would probably earn MTV a law suit.) The gauntlet thrown, the reader naturally assumes Mr. Loder has come armed with a few facts of his own — a corrective to Moore’s distortions.
But Loder can produce just one figure of Moore’s that sounds fishy — that 18,000 Americans will die this year alone for lack of health insurance. “How does he know?” asks Loder.
Did the members of 10CC* actually like cricket or not (answer THEY LOVED IT!) Cricket has, for want of a better word, a fuddy-duddy image. It has panama hats, dress codes and ties for supporters. And whilst charming young gentlemen like this members of England’s Barmy Army try to move it into the progressive, cross-dressing 1930’s, this image is still difficult to shift.
But Test Match Special, the flagship radio show, is fighting this image. Whenever they see a member of a hip young rock and roll band in the stands, why they rustle them into the box for a chat. And to the credit of the young rock band members, they often aquit themselves well chatting to Aggers et al. But then the obtuse and somewhat jokey atmosphere on Test Match Special is not a million miles away from being interviewed on Popworld by a Christmas Pudding.
my favourite story: two-headed woman pregnant! one head wants to have the baby — says the other, “absolutely not!”
We interrupt yr regularly scheduled iced wafflings for an important artistic announcement:
What’s it about? CLOCKWORK DEATH. Who will enjoy it? YOU YOUR PARTNER YOUR NAN AND YOUR CAT. Is it violent? ONLY WHEN IT’S ESSENTIAL TO THE PLOT. Is that all the time? YES.
“Certainly the best thing to appear on Amazon since Best Music Writing 2007 – possibly even since the BFI book on If….” – Publolsher’s Weekly.