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
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 2 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- 5 Terror threat level raised to severe as PM warns Isis risk could last for decades
Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Gregg Wallace joins line-up as final celebrities revealed
Great British Bake Off 2014: Diana Beard quits after falling ill
Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Meet the contestants
Friends reunion: Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox perform mini sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Doctor Who series 8: Ofcom will not investigate lesbian kiss
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
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