1. Cormac McCarthy and vocabulary

    Although I read a lot I do have a great deal of difficulty in remembering words (and their meanings) if I’m not using or encountering them frequently.  This is very frustrating as I’d like to be far more eloquent and articulate than I am, particularly as I do read a lot.  I had the same problem going right back to when I was in school.  I’m poor at retaining any information (not only vocabulary) unless I’m working at it all the time.  I’d say this is also a significant reason why I’ve never been able to learn a foreign language despite trying frequently (French, German, Spanish, Italian, even Latin). 

    Be that as it may, it’s always a wonder to pick up a Cormac McCarthy novel and discover once more the richness of his vocabulary.  I read Suttree several years ago but just picked it up again this evening to re-read the two and a half page introduction.  He had me reaching for the dictionary several times within the first page, to confirm the meaning of familiar words but others I’m pretty sure I’ve never encountered before (apart from when I read Suttree first time round - damn my memory).

    • striae
    • stele
    • pinchbeck
    • sumac

    and on

    • maugre
    • interstitial
    • murengers

    My own humble attempts at writing will never be anywhere near this good because I don’t have the depth and richness of vocabulary to create a convincing world through description. 

    At least, if nothing else, I can console myself with enjoying and appreciating incredible writing and writers. 

  2. 'Carissa' by Sun Kil Moon.

    This has been getting me through a tough family bereavement recently.

  3. The Hold Steady - I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You

    Very much looking forward to the new Hold Steady album next month

  4. 30 Free Essays & Stories by David Foster Wallace on the Web →

    We started the week expecting to publish one David Foster Wallace post. Then, because of the 50th birthday celebration, it turned into two. And now three. We spent some time tracking down free DFW stories and essays available on the web, and they’re all now listed in our collection of Free eBooks. But we didn’t want them to escape your attention. So here they are — 23 pieces published by David Foster Wallace between 1989 and 2011, mostly in major U.S. publications like The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review.

  5. Just finished reading this, a really fascinating and original biography of Samuel Beckett.

    Just finished reading this, a really fascinating and original biography of Samuel Beckett.

  6. The end is nigh …

    currentlydoing:

    Decided to discontinue this tumblr.  I created it as a way of keeping a log of the films I’d watched, books I’d read, music I was listening to and it was fun at first but has now just become a chore.  But thanks anyway to those who followed and reblogged. 

    My main tumblr continues at http://thatmaycomeinuseful.tumblr.com/

    Clearing out the old, looking forward to the new.  I’m quitting my other tumblr.

  7. Great American Cinema of the 1970s →

    Two years ago I did this class.  Wow, time flies.  Didn’t really enjoy the actual classroom work much but it did give me the chance to watch loads of films I’d never seen before.

  8. Farewell 2013

    Personally, 2013 was a great year for me, probably my best year in a decade, with things slowly starting to get better after a bad few years which began in 2008.  But now I’ve got a job I enjoy, a new place to live which I love, started writing and studying again.  It all makes me positive about the future.

    And then I start worrying that it’s all going to fall apart.  How to deal with that?

  9. My favourite album of 2013 - Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave &the Bad Seeds. 
Favourite track from it - Higgs Bosun Blues - http://youtu.be/anXQvf8i0Wc
Usually I do a best of 2013 chart but, although I’ve loved a lot of new music this year, I just can’t be bothered doing it this time round.  I feel my time is best spent on getting started with 2014 rather than looking back all the time.
Happy New Year.

    My favourite album of 2013 - Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave &the Bad Seeds. 

    Favourite track from it - Higgs Bosun Blues - http://youtu.be/anXQvf8i0Wc

    Usually I do a best of 2013 chart but, although I’ve loved a lot of new music this year, I just can’t be bothered doing it this time round.  I feel my time is best spent on getting started with 2014 rather than looking back all the time.

    Happy New Year.

  10. Two elderly British actors reenact a YouTube comment fight between Justin Bieber fans in this hilarious video from UK sketch comedy channel Dead Parrot.

  11. Aquarium Drunkard » Lou Reed :: WPIX Radio (NYC) – 1979 →

    A recording of Lou Reed guesting as a DJ on WPIX radio in 1979.  Great stuff (as always from Aquarium Drunkard).

  12. foodcurated:

    Next level. Nils Frahm is the future of classical music. You gotta watch this. He starts making beats inside his piano with toilet brushes, then madly conjures out of him the most beautiful, moving, mad - yet controlled - piece of music. I saw him perform last night in NYC. Blown away. He’s someone worth getting to know. 

  13. Sun Ra - Nuclear War

  14. whatsthedrop:

Lanzarote

    whatsthedrop:

    Lanzarote