Food for thought: Tom Morton-Smith

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The playwright’s RSC production, Oppenheimer, about “father of the atom bomb” J Robert Oppenheimer, transferred last week to the Vaudeville Theatre after a sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon.


I’ve been catching up with Better Call Saul on Netflix. I was sceptical at first but the episode detailing Mike’s back-story won me over. I finished reading Death at Intervals by José Saramago. He knew how to take a high concept and spin it into something full of insight and truth.


Saw Chappie, Neill Blomkamp’s new film. Its influences are obvious, but the whole thing is so joyously ridiculous that none of that matters.


Saw The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco at the Gate Theatre. I also listened to St Vincent by St Vincent.


Visited the Christian Marclay exhibition at the White Cube, Bermondsey. A great show that mixes pop art and music.


Downloaded the album Liminal by The Acid. It’s sparse and dark and I kind of love it. And then I watched MasterChef – it’s futile to resist.


I’ve started reading H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald. It’s so beautifully and passionately written, it makes me want to take up falconry.


I’ve been playing Inkle Studios’ video game “80 Days” on my smartphone. It’s a steampunk choose your- own-adventure retelling of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days and it’s brilliant.