Book Review – “Berlin Alexanderplatz” Alfred Döblin (1929)

August 15th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Yes! It’s quite astonishing that this was written in 1929 – its a funny, experimental, modern, witty, varied collage.

Also, the cover for the 1st edition is pretty special:

Book Review – “Being Ecological” Timothy Morton (2018)

April 17th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Hmm… I was looking forward to this, but it was infuriating. The last chapter is ok, but the whole book, which is not very thick anyway, could have been reduced to an essay. The writing is so frustrating, repetitive, in need of serious editing… I know it’s philosophy but some of the sentences made zero sense. He also has a habit of inventing terms, that are basically just a word said twice – ‘stranger strange’, ‘truthy truth’, ‘expanded care, care with a care/less halo’. There is a serious lack of notes, the analogies often don’t work… Basically we are not separate from our world, we are part of it, don’t be scared by that, embrace it. I think. Thinky think.

Book Review – “The Book of Dust” Philip Pullman (2017)

December 1st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Yes, very enjoyable. The boat is the best character.

Book Review – “The Story of the Jews – Finding the Words” Simon Schama (2013)

December 1st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Yes. He always writes better than he TV’s.

Book Review – “Slaughterhouse 5” Kurt Vonnegut (1969)

October 10th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Yes – read it if you haven’t.

Book Review – “Lost Gods of England” (1957) Brian Branston

September 5th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

It’s ok – lots of presumptions.

Book Review – “Breakfast of Champions” Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1973)

June 27th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Yes, great fun – good drawings etc.

Book review – “Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency” Hal Foster (2015)

November 14th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes, if you like that sort of thing. A lot of Thomas Hirshchorn, and a lot of notes (21% percent of this book is notes). I cannot pretend to have understood it all.

Book Review – “Everything to Nothing” Geert Buelens (2015)

October 20th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes. It’s an interesting way of looking at the 1st World War. To be honest though, I would have liked a bit more poetry, and a bit more discussion about the structure and formal effectiveness of that poetry. To be shown just how much of an everyday cultural integer poetry once was is a revelation to me.

Book Review – “In Praise of Shadows” Junichiro Tanazaki (1933)

October 6th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Yes – short and sweet.

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