Nixon Book

July 17, 2018

272 pages into the Nixon book.

NixonBookCover

Enjoying it so far. Don’t really know much about Nixon beyond the obvious running against Kennedy & Watergate stuff and the Oliver Stone film of course, which I seem to remember enjoying but of which has to be, by its very nature, heavily fictionalised.
Reads like he had some deep-seated self-esteem issues and couldn’t forgive any slights and had couldn’t just creep a win but had to dominate and destroy.

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Reading material

June 19, 2018

Just started on the Wu’s Attention Merchants a couple of days ago but the problem with working in the library rather than going into the office is one ends up surrounded by books so now picked up these two.

NixonBookCover

Fire and Fury book cover

Fire and Fury book

Made me think of Obama’s Audacity of Hope and these two’s philosophy could be subtitles the ‘audacity of lies’


Book- Central Park Five

May 18, 2018

Re reading material post of earlier: Read Young Henry. The ending skipped forward a lot I felt, not such a well-balanced book for me. Difficult I guess to not cover all the stuff we already know but still felt the last 20-50 pages not so good.

The ‘Sleepwalking into WW1’ book was almost the opposite. The level of detail was nearly overwhelming. The set was really close so felt like a wade through but enjoyed it and learned a lot.

Now reading the book below.

Image of the Central Park Five Book Cover

Central Park Five Book Cover Image

Not sure if I’ve seen the Ken Burns Doco or just feel that I’ve seen it and this case was referenced a lot during the Presidential primaries and since.

I was in New York in 1990-91 for 3 months so this, the Howard Beach racial incident and some of the others mentioned at the start of the book were still super present in the city at the time.


Current reading material

April 19, 2018

Here’s a list of the book I’m currently reading. Only the castles book is being read with a projects in mind, the rest I’m just reading for interest.

AttentionMerchantsImage

castlesofnottinghamshiresimage

emilegriffthsimage

mi5greatestspyimage

sleepwalkersimage

younghenryimage


Disgrace

February 27, 2015

Working through films that I’ve recorded over the years on my set top box and not gotten around to seeing so last night was Disgrace.

Disgrace film Poster

Disgrace Poster

John Malkovich played the main character and I didn’t recognise any of the supporting players. Not read JM Coetzee’s Booker-prize winning book that the film was based on but film felt very disjointed and hard for me to get into and I guess it’s one of those books that was super complex to adapt as a film.


Music Biographies

February 22, 2015

By coincidence got three music biographies from library recently

Prince Biography

Prince Biography

What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong Biog

What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong Biog

and

Morrissey&Marr_The Severed Alliance

Morrissey&Marr_The Severed Alliance

Read the Prince one over the weekend and it was much better than I thought, especially on the last 10/15 years. Now onto the Louis Armstrong one. Riccardi’s thesis is that Armstrong was unfairly popped at by critics in his later years and that critics either hadn’t followed his career or were wilfully using their ennui to have a go. The Morrissey/Marrs one I saw when I was returning the Prince one. Never a Smiths fan but it looked good so figured why not.


Toronto reading

May 15, 2014

Lining up some books for my jetlag/time difference whilst in Toronto for the Creating Characters Symposium. Never sure if it’s jetlag. I always think jetlag is feeling terrible but I never really do that, I just feel awake/tired. For the parents out there feeling tired at weird times of the day is perfectly normal. So back to the point I’ve got some books

History of World in 100 Objects: Neil MacGregor

History of World in 100 Objects: Neil MacGregor

I also got this review copy today.

Script Analysis Book by James Thomas

Script Analysis Book by James Thomas

This one focuses on analysis for Plays Read loads for screens but not that many on plays so looking forward to this.
I’ll also have my Motion version of my presentation to prepare so plenty to keep me awake.


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