Cultural Life: Hilary Spurling, writer
Friday 14 May 2010
Books: I'm reading slowly and with great pleasure 'The Hare with Amber Eyes' by the ceramicist, Edmund de Waal – part family memoir, part Proustian confession, subtle, spare and elegant, like his pots. The one I most want to read is Candia McWilliam's new book, another memoir, still not quite finished, but I heard her talk about it so brilliantly that I've been on tenterhooks ever since.
Television: I mostly watch old films about elderly detectives – David Suchet's 'Poirot' is the tops.
Theatre: By far the best thing I've seen recently in the West End is 'Enron' (below), a furiously energetic contemporary version of the kind of Greek tragedy where everyone can see disaster looming but no one can do anything to stop it. The night I went the theatre was full of bankers laughing their heads off.
Visual Arts: Lydia D., currently at the Matisse Museum in Le Cateau- Cambresis in Northern France. Lydia Delectorskaya was the beautiful, blue-eyed blonde from Siberia who became Matisse's model, muse and studio manager in the last two decades of his life, and the show includes all the works he gave her, which she in turn presented to her Russian homeland. A scintillating homage to an extraordinary woman.
Music: My favourite music at the moment is Monteverdi's 'Teatro d'Amore', sung on CD (EMI) by Nuria Rial and Philippe Jaroussky, two celestial voices accompanied by L'Arpeggiata, who play Monteverdi's music as if it was modern jazz.
Hilary Spurling's latest book, 'Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck in China', is published by Profile
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 5 NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they're not working hard enough
MOBO Awards 2014: Jess Glynne hits back at 'ridiculous' criticism of nominated white artists
American Horror Story season 4, Fox - review: Silly, sensational and sensitive
The Apprentice 2014: Nurun Ahmed and Lindsay Booth fired in double elimination
MOBO Awards 2014: Sam Smith sweeps the board with four gongs
The Apprentice, episode 3 - review: Lord Sugar hacks away at the deadwood with double elimination
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Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters