Saturday, September 02, 2006

Watching, listening, reading

I've noticed a fewer bloggers regularly report on things they're reading or watching and so on. I guess I've tended to just talk about the issues I'm interested in rather than what I'm doing but I've found it quite interesting to learn what others, who's writing I enjoy, are reading or listening to. So in this spirit.

Watching: we recently finished watching the first series of Love My Way. Outstanding television drama with excellent acting and compelling story lines. I'll not spoil it by talking about the plot but I will we cried intensely during the last few episodes. I genuinely don't think I've cried that much in years.

Reading: Cocaine: An Unathorized Biography by Dominic Streatfeild. I have read a lot of books about drug culture, including Marching Powder by Rusty Young which I thoroughly enjoyed and strongly recommend, this is a bit different. Its biographical in so far as it examines Cocaine's pharmacology, its history, its economy and, of course, its use. Streatfeild's writing is also very good.

Listening: Modern Times by Bob Dylan. Still unbelievably good despite being in his 60s. This album reminds me of Paolo Conte, JJ Cale and Tom Petty. I'll not speculate as to who has influenced who.


Anonymous said...

Have you read Simon Napier-Bell's book 'Black Vinyl, White Powder'? Good anecdotes from the UK pop industry of the 1960s, and from a well-known music manager - probably not all true, but good fun all the same!

Anonymous said...

p.s. plse excuse my father's day, post VB dyslexia...

backin15 said...

Steven, thanks - I don't know the book at all and will track it down.

What are you doing drinking VB in NZ? There's so many more micro-brewery beer options. That said, I've yet to taste a better beer than Perth's Little Creatures. God know's what you'd pay for it in NZ, it's $20 for a six pack in Sydney.