The Book Is Always Better.
Watching The Film Of The Book. Or Watching Authors. And Other Bookish Stuff.
Bookish things on Inside A Dog’s horizon……..
……..Who am I kidding – the dog isn’t interested in any of these unless they give out dog treats!
ANTICIPATING THE NEW SIMON ARMITAGE POETRY COLLECTION
One advantage of living and working in London is there is always so much going on. In March I’ll be at The Tabernacle to hear Simon Armitage in conversation with Claire Armistead, the Guardian Books Editor, focused on his new poetry collection ‘The Unaccompanied’. His new collection is due to be published on March 2nd.
OH WHAT A LONELY BOY……
Not (alas!) the return of Andrew Gold(!!) but the next book from Haruki Murakami. His collection of short stories ‘Men Without Women’, which is about…….well…….men, without women – essentially men who find themselves alone for one reason or another. It’s due to be published here in the UK on May 9th. After thoroughly enjoying ‘Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki’ and absolutely loving ‘1Q84’, I’ve already got this pre-ordered!
AN EVENING WITH…..
Frequently fate in the shape of family occasions and evening meetings at work mean that I miss the chance to go listen to authors who I’d love to hear – so in next few weeks I will miss the chance to go hear Mohsin Hamed, Peter May, Julian Barnes, and Hannah Kent for these very reasons. However on June 6th, not even family events and work will get in the way of me going to hear Colm Toibin taking about his forthcoming novel, House of Names, which is a re-imagining of the story of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. If you’re around London and interested, you can find details on The Guardian Events site.
In September 2015, I went to a Guardian Live event to see Orhan Pamuk In Conversation With Mark Lawson – if you’re interested here’s a selection of what the Great Man had to say!
A Strangeness In My Mind
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
‘All The Forces In The World Are Not So Powerful As An Idea Whose Time Has Come!’ Victor Hugo
From The Outset...
Three Little Things To Get Off My Chest On This Film
Is Russel Crowe Any Good?
I thought he was great. His singing isn’t the best but he does a sort of Maximus the Gladiator in a French Revolutionary Frock Coat – and it works!
Is It Better Than The Musical?
I think it actually was in some ways. While it lacks the atmosphere of the theatre and that ‘live’ feel the ability to use close up in particular made some of the scenes more atmospheric and emotional – I admit that when Eponine died I wept bucket loads!
Is It Better Than The Book?
It’s a long film but it would need to run for days to do justice to the sweep of the book. So on this one the book wins – but the film is so good it made me want to re-read the book!
A Weekend At……
………………………..The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016
WHY IS SEBASTIAN FAULKS SO SAD?
I had a few things on my list but at the top was going to see Sebastian Faulks in the Times Forum Arena at the festival. He’s long been a favourite author of mine – and even though I’ve read stuff in the press suggesting his time has come and gone and he’s on the slide…..I thought his most recent book ‘Where My Heart Used To Beat” was great – so a weekend at the festival coinciding with a Sebastian Faulks sessions was too good a chance to miss!
MARY’S ROMAN PRAYER….
Not much further down my list was the chance to go see Professor Mary Beard, talking about her fabulous book ‘SPQR’ and generally about what a fascinating lot those Ancient Romans were……..and she did not disappoint. As well as a fascinating mix of her thoughts on Ancient Rome and its relevance and significance to this day it was interspersed with those gems which she’s made her own – at this one she labelled a succession of Roman Emperors as ‘a long line of shaggers!!!!!”
POLITICS, STRONG WOMEN AND OFF SHORE TRAWLING FROM HULL
Much of the festival was good but largely living up to expectations. But a Sunday afternoon chat by Alan Johnson MP exceeded expecations and then some! I went in part because I’ve actually passed him at Victoria Station quite a few times and he’s always seemed to me to be one of the genuine politicians of our hero – geneuine in the sense that I think he’s one of those who’s not in it for himself and hasn’t got his nose in the proverbial trough. So interest piqued I went to see him – and he was a revaluation. Engaging, clever and erudite……and very very funny!