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Mojo Jojo
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Here’s a graph for you! It shows the average gap between the year of publication of an issue of Mojo and the year the cover star released their first album. The red line is a trendline of sorts, averaging out 5 years at a time.

As you can see,[…]

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The FT Top 100 Songs of All Time #10: West Side Story OBC – “America”
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West Side Story’s message to homesick teenage Latinas: YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED in a really catchy and foot-tapping way

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The FT Top 100 Songs of All Time #11: MR OIZO – “Flat Beat”
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Any 13-year-old from 1995 will tell you that the following are vital if you are to be in any way cool:
– attitude of complete indifference to all events
– inside-out knowledge of everything that happened on telly last night, especially Fr[…]

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Continuous pulse
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Lentils. There they are, in one of those giant bags no one can honestly ever hope to use the whole of on their own- I used to get through one a week when I was cooking for four or more most nights but really, it turns out there is a limit to the amou[…]

The Year Of Difficult Listening
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(crossposted with Tumblr)
The Year Of Difficult Reading is a blog reading project someone’s doing – tackle “twelve of the most notoriously difficult novels in the English language” across 2011, one a month. (Two of ’em a[…]

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NARNIA WEEK: Satan Claus
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The appearance of Father Christmas in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe always disconcerted me. As a rational child, there was aspects of the Narnian fantasy which confused me a touch. I was OK with the “portal to another world” type o[…]

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companionship to remember
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granddaughter susan, barbara the teach,
ian, teen vicki, stowaway steve;
katarina and sarah, both of them dies,
dodo, polly, ben so wise,
jamie, victoria, zoe the brane,
liz, screamy jo, then sarah jane;
doctor harry, leela for dads,
k9 one is not so[…]

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NARNIA WEEK: HEAVEN, heaven is a place, a place where NOTHING, nothing ever happens
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The depiction of paradise is as bold as it’s tricky — which is why it’s so rarely undertaken, obviously. There’s Dante, who made it the setting for the last and weakest book in his sword-and-sorcery trilogy. Powell and Pressbu[…]

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NARNIA WEEK / The FT Top 100 Songs: 12: MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
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It is serendipitous (in the non Cusack / Beckinsale way) that U Can’t Touch This has turned up in the dying throes of Narnia week. Because MC Hammer’s most well known hit has a surprisingly large number of parallels with the Narnia sequen[…]

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NARNIA WEEK: Infinite Quest
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David Foster Wallace vs CS Lewis.
Or at least here is a few pages of Wallace’s copy of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe replete with inky marginalia. The notes at one point make referenc to someone called JC: WHO HE?

Stolen from io9, w[…]

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