Blog Archives

7Mar

Bruce Springsteen – New York City Serenade

This is one of my favourite Bruce Springsteen songs. It reminds me a lot of Underworld, by Don DeLillo. (Here’s a post on that novel from almost eight years agoChrist, eight years.) Clearly both are different; but for me it’s more a case that they zoom in on little street portraits, and those vignettes create something greater than the sum of the parts.

What I’ve been working on recently completely avoids cities, but songs like this really make me miss writing about them. (Or the made-up people who inhabit them.)

19Nov

Twilight of the Masters

“Twilight of the Masters offers a moving portrait of three of the world’s most dedicated craftsmen in the twilight hours of their careers. The film follows these craftsmen as they grapple with their legacies and consider how their craft might be passed onto the next generation.”

30Sep

The Purrtraitist

Larry Johnson – renowned photographer, specialising in feline portraiture. That’s right, and here he is taking pictures of show cats. Much better than your Instagram feed.

2Aug

The Chase

There’s always something very primal about the weather. Especially extremes of weather. It’s one of those rare moments the environment invades your life and makes you realise you’re part of other systems, which aren’t artificial. Just for a moment. I think, watching videos like this, it also reminds me of being young again, when I would constantly mesmerised by storm footage. I even liked that ridiculous Twister film at the time.

7Jul

Books in the Films of Wes Anderson

There’s very little heavyweight analysis here – just a montage of how books are used in the films of Wes Anderson (one of my favourite film-makers). I think it goes beyond the mere romance and nostalgia of novels though.