This is a collection of things that I’ve enjoyed recently. You might not like them.
Mad Men – my God, how I love this TV show. I watched the first 5 series about three years ago. Now I’m watching 6 and 7 and am enjoying it just as much. The clothes, furniture, current events and oh, oh, oh, the fabulous characters. It’s a masterclass in how to keep characters developing over series.
The Happy Prince – about the time after Oscar Wilde was released from prison. Rupert Everett is fabulous. Wilde’s story is important in getting to grips with Victorian society. I’m reading about him for book 3.
The Cordovas at the Prince Albert, Brighton. Incredible arrangements and musicianship. Country heaven. The Band mixed with Traffic and the Louvin Brothers.
Declan Welsh and the Decadent West. Amazing gig at The Green Door Store. Terrific noise from Scotland. At an amazing three days of The Great Escape, Brighton.
Anne Enright. I’d resolved not to put any novelists on this list as there are too many I could have included. But I’ve just read Green Road and The Gathering and am stunned.
Derelect London tours by Paul Talling. Long and good. Always sold out.
Girls – Lena Dunham. Brutally honest. Totally engrossing.
Big Little Lies – excellent music and visuals, and an incredible script that builds and builds to something very powerful.
Peter Robinson on Paperback Writers – what a selection of music.
Walking Tours with Old Maps (around London) – fascinating trails around London neighbourhoods where Ken shows you the hidden history. I recently did one around The Borough (Arrowood territory) – it was great.
Hunderby – snout muffins, bubbly milk, Oh Helene! Julia Davis is a wonderful comedy writer.
Where the Boys Are – Connie Francis
Hilary Mantel – BBC Reith Lectures – five interesting talks about writing historical fiction.
I’m not afraid of love – Sharen Clarke and the Product of Love
Wireless Nights by Jarvis Cocker on BBC Radio 4. I love this podcast – true stories and noises all about the night.
Short story podcasts from the New Yorker. Recently enjoyed Mavis Gallant’s From the Fifteenth District about dead people getting annoyed by the living.
For the Birds at Brighton Festival. A brilliant walk in the dark through the woods, with eerie little installations all over the place
Jealousy – Anne Peebles.
Once I Was – Tim Buckley
Buzzin’ Fly – Tim Buckley
Louise Bristow pictures.
Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story. Fascinating documentary by Jon Brewer about Mick Ronson and his years with Bowie.
I Can’t Go Back to Savoury Now – John Shuttleworth
I know I fucked up by Darren Hayman and Elizabeth Morris.