Cultural Life: Neil Hannon, singer
Friday 23 April 2010
Books: The best book I've read recently is "The Rest Is Noise" by Alex Ross. It's a very thick tome about 20th-century classical music. It filled in a lot of blanks my knowledge as well as being a riveting read. Right now I'm reading Graham Greene's "The Heart of the Matter". I went through a phase of reading Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series. It's a change coming to Graham Greene which is quite dry and old-style... but beautiful.
Television: I'd watch more if there was any to watch - I usually end up watching "30 Rock" and "Frasier". I have a DVD of Kenneth Clark's "Civilisation". It's good to see a different era's take. I want to get Carl Sagan's 1980 television series "Cosmos: A personal Vogage".
Film: "Synecdoche, New York" blew me away. It took its premise and absolutely went through with it– the whole thing eating itself. It was reasonably life-affirming but for the most part incredibly depressing!
Music: I'm listening to a lot of Penguin Café Orchestra – you'd know the tunes from adverts. It's modernism, except it's fun to listen to.
Visual Arts: I like Botero. He is a Colombian figurative artist and he just paints fat people, or he paints everybody as being large.
The Divine Comedy's 'At the Indie Disco' is out on 24 May; album 'Bang Goes the Knighthood' on 31 May
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Keira Knightley topless: Conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 2 Argentina may change its capital city from Buenos Aires, says president
- 3 Joan Rivers: 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'
- 4 The 3D-printed key that can unlock anything
- 5 Lady al-Qa’ida: On the trail of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the world’s most wanted prisoner
Unseen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter deemed 'too subversive' released
X Factor, ITV, review: Simon Cowell banned sob stories but Cheryl Cole can’t stop crying
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster
Nicki Minaj suffers wardrobe malfunction during MTV VMAs performance with Ariana Grande and Jessie J
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
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
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
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?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
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