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Pete Townshend stole his trademark arm swing from Keith Richards. And Andrew Oldham cut the Rolling Stones from six members to five, not for an musical reasons, but to improve their aesthetic and their memorability. Here are three extraordinary passages from an extraordinary book; Stoned by Andrew Loog Oldham. Firstly Pete Townshend:   Keith went […]

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There is an implicit disclosure in the title of this post. Here is the explicit version: I am the subject of Chapter 5 of Heather LeFevre‘s book called Brain Surfing. I have a small reputational (not financial) vested interest in this book doing well. But there are much more important, non-vested reasons to buy this […]

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Feed was recommended to me by Robin Sloan. He of Snarkmarket, he of the Fish Tap Essay, he the author, he the self-styled media inventor. (He also recommended it to the other two hundred and eighty four thousand or so people who follow him on Twitter.) His tweet (linked above) describes it as an “almost […]

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How Music Works is an exercise in infectiously enthusiastic geekery. It reads more like a blog than a book. And, like all the best blogs, it is candid, thought provoking, biographical in parts, well researched throughout, and chock-full of unique content. The Talking Heads frontman knows and loves his stuff. You should read this book […]

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Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil. Book review.

I’m going to India for the first time in September next year. I want it to be insane. I want it to be incessant. I want it to be full on, full time. I want an assault on my senses or my money back. Narcopolis is set in India. And Narcopolis does most of those […]

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I really struggled with this book. Which was bitterly disappointing. It’s an “important” novel. In fact it’s a hugely important novel in the digital, cyber-circles in which I work. (There are knowing T-shirts.) I shouldn’t have been able to put it down. Instead I had to force myself to keep picking it up. There are […]

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The jealous guarding of a loved one can go too far. Especially if the jealousy spills over into madness. This book reminded me of the poem Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning, which I studied for my English Literature O-Level some thirty years ago. The poem is narrated in the first person by Porphyria’s Lover. He […]

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Time travel ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. This realisation came as a bit of a shock to a lifelong Dr Who fan, particularly the latest Matt Smith iteration. Time travel ain’t all it’s cracked up to be if you work in the time travel industry and fix time machines for a living. More […]

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Player One by Douglas Coupland

Player One describes itself as a novel in five hours. It is subtitled “What is to become of us?” So what happens in those five hours, what is to become of us and what is it all about? My first thought upon finishing it was that it was constructed as a vessel for several themes […]

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