31st August, 2020 / film & tv
I’ve finished my whirlwind journey through all twenty-six episodes of Dark, Netflix’s time-travelling, trinity-knotted, mythology-minded, multi-dimensional mindfuck. Spoilers ahead.
1st October, 2019 / art
Having admired Eliasson’s work for twenty years, I’d expected to love everything about this significant Tate survey. Instead, I began to wonder if I’d over-invested in his ideas.
14th September, 2019 / books
We stood before Ian Curtis' earliest handwritten lyrics for Love Will Tear Us Apart. Hurried words and edits; deeply personal poetry the resonance of which its author would never know.
27th June, 2019 / music
I’ll admit to being only a casual fan of Nick Cave. After two decades orbiting his work, I’ve reduced him down to a relatively short playlist. And yet, I continue to find him fascinating.
18th April, 2019 / music
An intimate, triumphant show from a band rethinking its process and reimagining its voice. New ground is easier to find when you loosen up and let others in.
19th March, 2019 / art
That one man should witness so many horrors is hard to process. That nations like ours continue to facilitate such atrocity and poverty is devastating.
6th March, 2019 / events
Last night I attended the launch of Dear Nature, an important new work from renowned Nottingham artist John Newling. I was also invited to give a reading from the book.
25th February, 2019 / books
Thoughts on the uniqueness of the Japanese konbini, the subtle science fiction of Convenience Store Woman, and notes from a recent Q&A event featuring author Sayaka Murata and translator Ginny Tapley Takemori.
25th July, 2012 / art
Just a quick, hastily-written post urging any UK designers to brave the Olympichaos and catch Bauhaus: Art as Life at The Barbican in London before it ends in mid-August. I’m somewhat obsessed, so I popped along yesterday, and was not disappointed.
3rd July, 2012 / music
In 1989, a band changed my life, but when they recently reformed I didn't want to know. This weekend, I gave my scepticism the slip and witnessed the resurrection.
30th June, 2010 / music
I’m back from my fourth trip to Glastonbury Festival, where I celebrated its 40th anniversary in sweltering heat with 180,000 other lunatics.
1st November, 2009 / events
It’s taken me over a week to collate all that follows, with videos, slides, images and reports still appearing day by day.
10th March, 2009 / review
I’d decided not to write about the Watchmen movie, partly because I’m the kind of fan many of you will dislike: I only read the comics a few months ago.
2nd February, 2009 / books
Having read the thing cover-to-cover over the weekend, I was just about to write a detailed post about my friend Mark Boulton’s new PDF book A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web.
15th March, 2008 / music
The fourth album from Elbow is another intensely personal journey through main man Guy Garvey’s life experiences, dripping with introspective worry and wonder.