Cultural Life: Fatima Bhutto, writer
Friday 30 April 2010
Books: Haifa Zangana's 'Dreaming of Baghdad', a lyrical and chilling memoir of imprisonment, activism and torture in Saddam's Iraq. Also tucked into my bag, which now weighs a ton, are 'Listening to Grasshoppers' by Arundhati Roy and Philip Pullman's 'The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ' and Alba Arikha's work, which I'm discovering and loving.
Television: 'True Blood' on repeat. And repeat. (I'm a recent 'Glee' addict, too.)
Films: My brother, a great friend and I just watched 'I Am Love'. My brother and I now think we can speak Italian. Our friend insists we cannot. 'Shutter Island' and 'Life after Wartime' are on my list of films to watch, though I'm more of a DVD than a cinema person. I saw a really awful film this weekend. I'm too embarrassed to reveal which one – that's how bad it was. Clearly, I shouldn't be allowed out to the cinema.
Music: Lots of Motown, but mainly Marvin Gaye and George Benson. Otherwise, whatever's playing on my iPod, which includes other greats like Tupac, Prince and the Buena Vista Social Club.
Fatima Bhutto will be speaking to the journalist Allegra Donn about her new book, 'Songs of Blood and Sword', published by Random House, at the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature on 5 May (Festivalofasianliterature.com)
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 3 Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
- 4 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 5 UK weather: 'Coldest night of the year' tonight as freezing temperatures plummet to -10C
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk