A combination of lack of inspiration, Christmas, and reading for and starting my new Open University course, (A210: Approaching Literature) has made me miss an entire two months of posting. Or almost: I posted about HST’s death. Oh well, a roundup here, and I’ll try to do better in future.
The other big time-sink for my evenings recently has been a dangerous addiction. We signed up for LoveFilm, an online DVD rental service, a few months ago, and soon started catching up on something that we had missed when it was first shown, and never wanted to join in the middle: The West Wing.
At the time of writing we have recently finished season four, and it has raised the bar so much on TV programmes that I could hardly be bothered to watch the excellent Desperate Housewives the other day. Actually, I think it may also be that the latter has gone on too long without having enough to reveal, but we’ll see.
I didn’t call you here to talk about TV programmes, though. Rather, I have a few links to post. First, if you were a fan of John Peel and you didn’t hear it on Radio 4‘s The Now Show — or if you did, and want a copy to keep — you should grab A Minute’s Noise, by Mitch Benn. It’s the perfect tribute; and in particular a lot more honest than those
biographies that were knocked out in time for Chrstmas.
Perhaps I shouldn’t be too hard on them: I did glance over one of them in a bookshop and found it quite moving. But they came out so soon after his death that its hard not to use the word ‘unseemly’.
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