Saddened to learn of the passing of the zombie meister bar none. Dawn Of The Dead did it for me as a 14/15 year old at the flicks. Terrifying & thrilling in equal measure, I didn’t realise there was a satrical or cultural significance to any of it for ages but it is so clear in retrospect. By all acounts a lovely, principled man regarded with huge affection by all who knew him or workrd with him. A great body of work & a massive influence on popular culture.
I only have 2 Robyn albums ( don’t laugh), ‘Ole Tarantuala’ & ‘ Love From London’ both of which I love. Determining to drill down deeper I have ordered ‘ Fegmania’ on the strength of online reviews & it being quite haed to find, thus easily missed. So, if you are of the RH cogniscenti, which say, 5 albums could you not live without. I’ll do a bit of totting up & purchasing based on the feedback. Many thanks peeps.
Anybody else witness the clash of the titans between the Cambridge teams of Eric Monkman & Bobby Seagull last night? Great TV!
To clarify the OP title, that’s female authors, not…oh please yourselves. I’ve decided this year to devote my fiction reading to female authors. I reckoned a concious decision might be interesting in terms of broadening my perspectives on stuff. So far I’ve enjoyed the excellent young SF writer Becky Chambers ‘Wayfarers 1 & 2′ & am currently into Edna O’ Brien’s dark ‘ The Little Red Chairs’, with ‘White Teeth’ by Zadie Smith to follow. I’d appreciate any recommendations from the Massive that fall into the ‘you have GOT to read this’ bracket. I’m already a fan of Ursula Le Guin, Marge Piercy & Kate Atkinson among others but know I’m missing out & loads more, so hit me! Cheers.
Ha! That’ll do nicely.
As a follow up to the (ahem) hugely popular thread on actors, here’s the list of actresses. For clarity’s sake, listeners were asked to vote for their favourite 5 people in each category & the results were cobbled into a top 25. The presenters have conceded that a bigger list (say fave 20) would have probably have yielded better results. Like the actors list, pretty interesting – good to see most chosen for their actual craft rather than for their sex appeal – which I think may have been notably different in days gone by.
Whaddya think? Vent your approbrium etc. below
1. Meryl Streep 2. Ingrid Bergman 3. Katharine Hepburn 4. Barbara Stanwyck 5. Cate Blanchett 6. Julianne Moore 7. Gena Rowlands 8. Ellen Burstyn 9. Bette Davis 10. Liv Ullman 11. Frances McDorman 12. Audrey Hepburn 13. Juliette Binoche 14. Catherine Deneuve 15. Kate Winslet 16. Kathy Bates 17. Deborah Kerr 18. Tilda Swinton 19. Maria Falconetti 20. Jodie Foster 21. Sissy Spacek 22. Judi Dench 23. Viola Davis 24. Gong Li 25. Sigourney Weaver
Forget Sight & Sound, Empire and the BBC, it’s obvious that podcast listeners hold sway with taste making these days. I think it’s quite an interesting list, as much for what it reflects about the tastes of a youngish ( generally sub 30s US) audience as anything else. For the record, I listen to every show, but didn’t vote – way too hard if not impossible to rate actors in this way. Here’s the list 1. James Stewart 2. Phillip Seymour-Hoffman 3. Daniel Day-Lewis 4. Cary Grant 5. Marlon Brando 6. Robert De Niro 7. Jack Nicholson 8. Toshiro Mifune 9. Humphrey Bogart 10. Charlie Chaplin 11. Gene Hackman 12. Tom Hanks 13. Peter O’ Toole. 14. Kurt Russell 15. Buster Keaton 16. Robert Duvall 17. Denzel Washington 18. Orson Welles 19. Robert Mitchum 20. Al Pacino 21. Dustin Hoffman 22. Peter Sellers 23. Jack Lemmon 24. Gary Oldman 25. Spencer Tracy
Definitely some shocking omissions. No Henry Fonda, Michael Caine, Burt Lancasterr, Paul Newman, Kirk Douglas?
Pile in with your outrage as only lovers of lists can do! For anybody interested in the discussion of the list , you can find it on Episode 495, with input from » Continue Reading.
As the Autumn nights are drawing in, I’m lining up a non-fiction break between Vols 2 & 3 of a chunky novel trilogy. Naturally, for me, non- fiction usually equates to war ( must have been all those dreadful comics I read as a kid) & D-Day it is. Both Beevor & Hastings have covered D-Day, & both have good write ups & I’ve been satisfied by both of them in the past. I’m not going to read both offerings though, so can anybody advise me which is best, ideally havong actually read both, but any input wecolmed. Many thanks.
Just received a circular from the best known company that makes ‘proper’ reading lights – the one that’s always touting in the Sunday supplements. I cannot decide if I’d be making a worthwhile investment ( akin to a really decent pair of shoes) or if the whole pitch is essentially blowing smoke up the customers’ backside & flattering them that having bought one they’ll be deemed by their peers as a ‘real’ reader. FWIW I don’t give a fig if anyone even notices it. Anybody forked out their hard earned loot for one of these wotsits, & if so, are they worth it?
A minute or so of one of the real GIANTS of all recorded music. No other footage is known to exist. What’s great is that he’s into it, and he’s beaming ‘that’ smile. Made me ache to see more.
Just spotted these 2 classics as recently added to the ‘Films based on a book’ category. Look to be good transfers.
My favourite current ‘voice crush ‘ is Avery Truffelman from the 99% Invisible podcast. I could listen to her velvety, slightly rasping tones all day. I don’t know what she looks like, though I could find out online easily enough if I wanted, but I prefer not to. Got me to thinking, my tastes in in this area are very much if a type. Ronnie Spector, Rachel Nagy from the Detroit Cobras, Annie Nightingale back in the day. So far so obvious. So what are yours & who floats your boat? Is it Barry White? Ian McEllan? David Beckham? VICTORIA Beckham? Upper crust or rough trade, foreign or domestic? Obvs this doesn’t infer you want to actually get jiggy with your choices, but whose vocals do you love luxuriating in?
Not a review, just a nod to any interested parties, having seen it yesterday. Superb hilariously dark anthology movie from Argentina. A handful of short tales of excess, frustration & revenge that gripped me from the first reel. Currently available on Amazon Prime amongst other sources. I’d happliy part with money to see this. A+.
Maron does it again, I’m afraid. You want a 2 hour conversation will the decidedly eccentric director of The French Connection, The Exorcist & Sorcerer? You’ve got it! Friedkin doesn’t do interviews these days, so this is something of a coup. Plenty on Gene Hackman , Linda Blair, Roy Scheider, the Turin Shroud – I kid you not – & why 35 mm prints are shite. Maron of course remains as whackable as ever for those so inclined, but even if you loathe him, this is a chat with the guy who set up a 90 MPH car chase through NYC in regular traffic with no permission, the cameraman in the car protected by a mattress!
Very clever bloke & a writer who helped sharpen my reading & thinking after reading his stuff ( & yes I did see the Sean Connery film before I read The Name Of The Rose). I can’t think of many writers whose essay collections were often as interesting as his novels.
I have, or rather I have wasted several lunchtimes ‘giving it a go’ before bailing out at 42% on the dreaded Kindle. I don’t mind a middle or even low brow page turner, especially as a palate cleanser between ‘proper’ big reads so I found The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker. It’s apparently a best seller & its young author has had the French language original widely translated already as fans of the book gush their praise over every available medium. Trouble is, even allowing for the possibility it could be a very clunky translation, it is palpably shite to the point of being nigh on unreadable. A murder mystery set in a John Irving-by-numbers New Hamphire investigated by a young writer it is so bad I honestly am confident I could do better ( a very poor sign). Stunningly wooden dialogue, tracing paper characters, a plot that would make Dan Brown seem like [insert good writer here]. I had to stop as it was starting to make me angry. Shed loads of sales point to others loving it. I had to wonder if it was the first book most of them had ever read. So, » Continue Reading.
Been considering ‘tackling’ this so called monster from David Foster Wallace,but having heard of people lterally taking several months to complete it, I ask : have you read it, & in your opinion, was it worth it? Cheers.
Saw a terrific song recently on here by a red haired lass called Adlon or Aldon ( or something) titled something about a tropical island / holiday paradise ( or something). Dying to investigate further, but can’t for the life of me find it. Can you help? ( apologies for resemblance of bloke in record shop you asking for ‘the one that goes, nah nah nah ner ner bah bar’ or whatever. Thanks
Prompted by thoughts on the Classic Albums thread – i.e. stuff which may be excellent but you don’t fancy hearing it often, if at all – it made me think, what would provide long term contemplative satisfaction if you could the original to lose yourself in at your leisure? I thought a couple of conditions ŵere reasonable – you would have it for 5 years & then return it, you can’t sell it or charge admission, but if it was a whopper ( such as big Picasso) arrangements would be made to make your living space big enough to accommodate it comfortably. At the moment , mine would be View of Delft by Vermeer, just because it would. So would you have a Hopper, a Rothko, a Turner? Or maybe a Lichtenstein, a Picasso or a Cezanne? Perhaps a tearful clown or white horses in the surf are more your bag. Get all cultural & let us in on your inner art appreciator.
Hi – getting grief trying to refresh podcasts using the house Mac Mini – codes 3150, 3256 & most commonly 3259. Used a few ‘fixes’ based on online advice, but couldn’t refresh any podcasts last night, so pretty peeved. Podcasts have taken a long time of late to download but haven’t failed completely previously. The super duper Yosemite has also failed more than once to download. No other obvious home WiFi / IT issues. Best way forward type advice please – much thanks.
Heard an old episode of This American Life recently, & this came up as a topic a contributor suggested at social gatherings (dinner parties & the like) to break the ice. He claimed the strict either/ or choice seemed to clearly focus the minds of guests, who fell into 2 distinct mindset groups. The programme then went on to discuss the ‘meanings’ of the choices, right down to whether certain people only said A or B because they wished to be seen in a certain light ( but they were fibbing) For clarity, it is assumed that invisible people also have invisible clothes/ shoes but objects they carry would be visible, & that flying people can fly as high as they like without needing ‘flightsuits/ oxygen’. So AWers, which one are you?
Eldest daughter ( going on 15) has confessed of late to not being able to concentrate on any worthwhile books sufficiently to make any headway & thus is experiencing a hiatus. She’s gone from being a prodigious ( & precocious) reader a couple of years back, to reading next to nothing aside from necessary school material. I’m pretty relaxed about it, assuming it is an aspect of adolescence, but wonder if AWers have any recommendations – snappy stuff, very funny stuff or perhaps top notch short stories ( not a form I really know) that may work as a stop gap or kick start until normal reading pleasure resumes? Cheers.
The Poster Boys podcast with Brendan Schaeffer & Sam Smith. A pair of graphic artists who do indie film posters & work for Criterion amongst others yack on about their love of graphic design & specifically about its manifestation in classic film poster work. If you can happily listen to 2 blokes wax lyrical for 2 hours on Saul Bass (& then do a part 2!) then this is the ‘cast for you. They have the knowledge & the passion & I really hope it has legs. What earbuds were made for.
My daughter is teaching herself this song (to play with her pals) on piano & prefers this version to the Dan original. Does anyone know what key it is in or if there is any sheet music available online that would shed light on the arrangement? Cheers, peeps.
Hi – stupid question time: can’t seem to figure how to put a reply under a specific post. When I’m not logged in, it clearly says ‘ log in to reply’ , when when I logged in, the ‘reply’ bit ha devilishly disappeared, so my post goes at the bottom. Please tell e what I’m failing to grasp ( wood for trees etc.) . I’m posting on an iPad if that’s relevant. Cheers.