Cultural Life: Paloma Faith, singer
Friday 16 July 2010
Music: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 'Dig, Lazurus, Dig!!!', Edith Piaf "La Vie en Rose", Billie Holiday "Lady Sings the Blues", Lavern Baker "Voodoo Voodoo", Wynonie Harris 'Greatest Hits', Rufus Wainwright 'Want Two', and Erykah Badu 'Mama's Gun'.
Books: I'm reading 'The Bandini Quartet' by John Fante. The character Bandini is tormented by his inadequacies and is aware of them. It's funny because it's reassuring. I'm also reading 'Immortality' by Milan Kundera.
Television: I don't watch TV, ever, and I've only got four channels. I have to stand on a chair holding the aerial to get reception. I watch sitcoms on my iPlayer. I enjoyed the recent British sitcom 'Outnumbered' (below) about a family in London. I like the little girl's honesty – I feel I'm a lot like her. She questions things in the same way I do. My mum and I were a single-parent family but I have 24 cousins on my mum's side. I like 'Outnumbered' because it questions and laughs at what reality is. I agree that conventionality is absurd.
Films: The most recent film I saw was 'Four Lions' about terrorism. I didn't think it was politically correct. It's sad that religion has that kind of hold on people but it trivialised the plight of a suicide bomber. 'Invictus' is one of the most inspiring films I've seen in long time. It changed my whole way of dealing with life. I started to think, "What would Nelson Mandela do in this situation?" It teaches you that you are never beneath anyone and not to indulge pettiness. Also, 'Where the Wild Things Are', based on the children's picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak. It got slated and I don't know why. There was something beautifully simple about it.
Paloma Faith performs at Lovebox tomorrow (Lovebox.net)
MusicThe band accidentally called Londoners the C-word
Film 'I've never been comfortable on-screen', she says
Review: One Direction, Fourmusic
Review: The World of Ice and Firebooks
Film More romcom than S&M
Review: The Imitation Gamefilm
Comedy...to show her mastectomy scars
TVNetflix gets cryptic
TV review A moving film showing kids too busy to enjoy their youth
Books Not even a Man Booker prize could save Richard Flanagan from a nomination
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Lee Evans announces his retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
- 2 Iggy Azalea responds to Eminem rape lyrics: 'I'm bored of old men threatening young women'
- 3 These grandmas smoking weed for the first time are wonderful
- 4 Pastafarian former porn star Asia Lemmon allowed to wear colander in driving licence photo
- 5 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
Lee Evans announces his retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
Better Call Saul: Breaking Bad spin-off gets release date, logo and ominous new trailer
Iggy Azalea responds to Eminem rape lyrics: 'I'm bored of old men threatening young women'
Angelina Jolie confirms retirement from acting: 'I've never been comfortable on-screen'
Willow and Jaden Smith talk duality of apples, holographic realities and the melancholia of the ocean in incredible New York Times interview
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine