July 17, 2018
272 pages into the Nixon book.
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.
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.
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’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 22, 2015
By coincidence got three music biographies from library recently
What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong Biog
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.
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
I also got this review copy today.
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.
April 19, 2014
Anne Boleyn Book Cover
Walsingham book was a difficult read. The format read very list-y so found ir difficult to get through, as I did Alison Weir’s book on Anne Boleyn.
Read a number of her books and I think with this one the short three week, pretty much, structure didn’t work for me.
Now reading her book on Elizabeth first.
Elizabeth The Queen Alison Weir Book Cover
Moving on to Napoleon next
April 10, 2014
After reading Pig Iron by Ben Myers I’m now reading The Queen’s Agent by John Cooper.
The Queen’s Agent By John Cooper
Story of Sir Francis Walsingham, courtier and spy chief. Don’t know alot about him other than through Geoffrey’s Rush’s portrayal of him in Kapur’s two Elizabeth films. Not read much about Elizabeth. Read much more about Henry VIII, his wives and various courtiers including Thomas Cromwell (after reading Hilary Mantel’s books about this period). Suddenly my longstanding vague interest in this period is showing itself as I work my way through the tons of books on this period.
Pig Iron was good by the way. Lead character John John Wisdom in particular. Check it out.
April 6, 2014
After my David Peace marathon of reading all of his work (just finished Tokyo Year Zero the last one of his works that I had yet to read) and finishing off the latest draft of my play 57 Images Of My Father (in readiness for the Inside Out festival, taking place at the Curve Leicester from Thursday this week) I’m now reading Ben Myer’s Pig Iron.
Pig Iron Book Cover
Just started reading it but it’s shaping up to be a good read from the few pages into it that I am.