Cultural Life: Irvine Welsh, novelist
Saturday 26 May 2012
Billy Collins' Nine Horses, a beautiful collection from an amazing poet. Impossible to analyze poetry, you either get or you don't, it's the deep trance music of literature. Have gone back to Charles Simic recently too. On the novel side, I'm catching up on my Carl Hiaasen. Reading a lot of lesbian fiction as the main characters in my current book are both gay women. I reread Nelson Algren's The Man with the Golden Arm.
John Carter, a great ketamine movie. I also saw Young Adult, which was great, and re-watched that underrated classic Hot Tub Time Machine on DVD, much better than The Hangover. Have seen Ecstasy a few times, obviously, it's like Sex and the City but with young people and drugs instead of old people and BlackBerrys.
How to Kill a Butterfly by Band of Holy Joy, what a brilliant album. "The Repentant" manages to be sad, harrowing and funny all at the same time. Don't Stand Me Down by Dexys Midnight Runners, which I've gotten back into in anticipation of the new Dexys album, which will be brilliant on the strength of the track Kevin Rowland let me hear in advance.
America's Biggest Loser, there's something uplifting about seeing really fat people shedding loads of weight and thanking god and their personal trainer, when they previously thanked only god for the bountiful feast McDonald's provided.
'Skagboys' by Irvine Welsh is out now
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
- 5 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
Fifty Shades of Grey movie: New picture of Anastasia Steele unveiled
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
Cilla, ITV - TV review: No wonder Cilla's chuffed with this story of her life – even the Beatles take a back seat
Doctor Who, Listen, review: Possibly Steven Moffat's most terrifying episode
Tyler, The Creator says having new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was 'like waking up with herpes'
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke