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The Chrysanthemums is a short story by John Stienbeck. It’s a atmospheric tale of a farm wife’s encounter with a travelling pots and pans repair man. Not really much happens and it’s all very understated as the theme conveys Elisa’s sense of isolation and dissatisfaction with her life. The high grey-flannel fog of winter closed … More Steinbeck, Orwell and Wodehouse #1938 club
Escapism comes in many forms. It can be an alien monster intent on killing all humans, or a middle-aged governess (failed) discovering an alternative life. I’ve read these two stories as part of the 1938 Club. You can find out more about this over at the Stuck In A Book blog. There really is no … More Miss Pettigrew versus The Thing
The Pretty Things, Private Sorrow b/w Balloon Burning 1968 The Pretty Things had a fairly tortuous time producing the album S F Sorrow that this single came from. Though the band had a very clear idea of what they wanted to do. ”We were looking for another way of making a 40-minute disk, I could never … More crackle and pop: pretty things – private sorrow
Woodsmoke and rooftops in Lavaudieu, Auvergne, France.
Over on the Toppermost website I’ve done a post on the supreme jazz pianist, Bill Evans. It’s via Miles Davis (see Toppermost #157) that many people – including myself – were introduced to him: “Bill had this quiet fire that I loved on piano. The way he approached it, the sound he got was like … More Bill Evans on Toppermost
This, originally released in 1968, came out on some cheap Phillips label in the UK, apparently also in 1968 according to the record label I’ve got. I think I bought it sometime in 1969 or 1970 after I’d heard a few tracks on Peel so I gave it a go. It’s a trippy album now … More crackle and pop: this is h.p. lovecraft vol II
On the route down from Pen y Ghent heading towards Horton in Ribblesdale.
Ian Rankin – Hide and Seek Continuing my rereading of the Rebus novels. Rebus still not fully formed as a character yet but still an enjoyable crime novel. NK Jemison – The Fifth Season A new SF author for me and an excellent novel based on a world riven by geological catastrophes. John Galsworthy – … More March books