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  1. Clearly this [spoiler] Text [/spoiler] doesn't work anymore. So what do we do?
  2. Having read my first Houellebecq (Atomised), I resolved to read more. This is my second forray into his work, and while it wasn't as good as Atomised, it was, nonetheless, a wonderful reading experience and frankly, a damn sight more creative and interesting than most of the turgid contemporary novels I mistakenly read because they're nominated for Booker prizes. The book is about an artist called Jed who seeks to paint the famous writer, you guessed it, Michel Houellebecq. I enjoyed Houellebecq making himself a character, and especially enjoyed the moments when he mocked his own c
  3. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
  4. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler - Italo Calvino
  5. If I can't edit, my posts will take on a new level of spectacular gibberish. Exciting times.
  6. I watched both 'To Catch a Thief' and 'North by Northwest' on BBC2. James Mason and Cary Grant were competing for the silkiest voice.
  7. Down and out in Paris and London - Orwell
  8. I've reached the point in life where 'Booker Prize' is a guarantee that I won't like it.
  9. Honestly can't remember what I read in 2020 but I'll assume I posted reviews of the books soon after I finished them (though the dates don't add up if you ask me). Review posted on March 26 - Confessions of a Mask (Yukio Mishima) 7/10 Review posted on April 28 - The Leopard (Giuseppe Lampedusa) 9/10 Review posted on May 16 - The Gathering (Anne Enright) 5/10 Review posted on May 22 - Normal People (Sally Rooney) 5/10 Review posted on June 2 - Atomised (Michel Houellebecq) 9/10 Review posted on June 23 - The Book of Ebeneezer La Page (G. B Edwards) 8/10
  10. The Map and the Territory - Michel Houellebecq
  11. With a little help from my friends - Beatles.
  12. Every time I hear poetry read out loud on TV or something, I think it's profoundly moving. Then I buy a book of poetry and read it, and... nothing. Hate it.
  13. Got to get you into my life - Beatles
  14. hux

    Rest in Peace

    Diego Maradona dies at 60. Mad as a box of frogs and a cheating bugger but still, an absolute genius of a player.
  15. I Want to Know What Love is - Foreigner
  16. I really struggle with Hemmingway. His writing is so dry and matter of fact. Sometimes, it's unbearable, but other times, it's strangely compelling. Can't quite put my finger on it. I enjoyed this up to the half way point, then found it to be a bit of a slog. The basic plot revolves around American, Robert Jordan, being an explosives expert in the Spanish civil war fighting against Franco's fascists. The vast majority of the book takes place in and around a cave where they're camping out in preparation for blowing up a bridge. And that's about it. There's also a romance, but that's
  17. Completely forgot all about this. It was back when I was writing a novel about a man who didn't know if he existed or not. Abandoned that a long time ago.
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