My week in media: Reyahn King

Interview by Sophie Morris
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Last week I read...

I'm a fickle newspaper reader but I have been following the American election. I think Sarah Palin's charisma campaign and the impact she has had on the coverage has been incredible. In his books, Obama seemed to represent middle America, but he now seems to be finding it quite hard to keep hold of the ordinary touch that made him so appealing. There was a nice piece in The Times which interviewed painters about how they paint. Seven painters were interviewed including Peter Doig, a previous winner of the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize, Jack Vettriano and Maggi Hambling. It is the 50th anniversary of the prize and Jake and Dinos Chapman are among the judges. The winner gets £25,000, which is equal to the Turner Prize. In September's Museums Journal I read the article on how proud Lewis Biggs is to be the director of the Liverpool Biennial, and how being the Capital of Culture has made Liverpool a must-see city.

Last week I surfed... is my homepage. I've been looking at the mechanical Spider by La Machine on YouTube. I have seen it for real but found I could catch up with its movements and get a really good view of it by looking at the videos people had posted of it. I was in Birmingham before moving here last year and haven't relocated properly yet so I'm one of the few people out there looking at estate agents' websites. My flat in Birmingham has tumbled in value, but everything else is going down at the same time.

Last week I watched...

EastEnders on the BBC iPlayer. Although Bianca and Ricky have returned, the big story for me is whether Stacey and Bradley will stay together. I've been watching it since it started. On Wednesday night I saw A Number, a play on BBC2 with Rhys Ifans playing different clones. The author, Caryl Phillips, managed to cover all kinds of philosophical and emotional reactions to the idea of cloning within it.

Last week I listened to...

The Today programme. I also caught Woman's Hour when they were discussing fibromyalgia awareness week. It is an invisible condition and not life-threatening, and people can suffer for a long time without getting any diagnosis or help. Society underestimates the importance of quality of life. The programme was informative, but, as someone who has it, I felt it didn't offer people who have it much encouragement.

Reyahn King is the Director of Art Galleries, National Museums Liverpool