A week in arts: Ian Rankin, novelist
Saturday 04 August 2012
I'm reading What Dies in Summer, a first novel by Tom Wright. It's about two young cousins in the American South, sexual awakenings and domestic abuse. It has a terrific sense of atmosphere and the voices are very realistic. It does remind me of To Kill a Mockingbird. I'm also reading Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose, a guide for people who like books and those who want to write them. It's actually got me feeling very self-conscious about how I use paragraphs in my books.
I watched Safe with Jason Statham 'cause I'm a huge Statham fanboy and I'm planning to see Alien and Alien 2.
The last album I bought was Patti Smith Banga and I think it's her best album in a long time. It's not as harsh as her previous stuff, it's actually quite soulful. There's a song dedicated to and written about Amy Winehouse. I'm also listening to the new Hawkwind album, Onward. It's spacy, it's heavy and it's a miracle they're still going.
The last exhibition I went to was Leonardo Da Vinci in London. "The Scottish Colourist Series: FCB Cadell" is a good show at the National Galleries Scotland in Edinburgh. I collect modern art: 20th century, usually Scottish artists.
Ian Rankin's 'The Impossible Dead' is out now
Interview by Alison King
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Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Stephen Fry ‘criticises Operation Yewtree in dinner party rant’ calling for tougher laws to deter false sex abuse allegations
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: ‘Sderot cinema’ image shows Israelis with popcorn and chairs 'cheering as missiles strike Palestinian targets'
- 4 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 5 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter
NUT strike: David Cameron announces crackdown on strike action ahead of mass industrial action