I have done very little reading over the past few months, and even less writing, because, well, life. That and the library still being closed. Fortunately things appear to be taking a turn for the better and I have discovered a little community library I’ve been borrowing books from. It’s little more than an oversized cupboard in a green space aptly named Old Library Wood. A bit of research suggests that its presence is part of an ongoing effort to make the area a safer and more pleasant space for local residents. Of course books should be part of that. Books are always a good idea.
I’ve been looking around on Youtube for good karate content and am listing my favourite finds here for my own and everyone’s benefit. Even if you’ve never practiced a martial art before, they might introduce you to a new hobby, and who knows, maybe even a passion that will last you a lifetime.
I’m not sure whether this album will win over any new fans if they expect the shocking and politically motivated Manson of the 1990s. This album is much more personal and emotional. Not even all the songs are marked with an “E” for “explicit” by Spotify. Has Manson gone soft?
Der Tatortreiniger is a comedy series about a man who cleans crime scenes for a living. This premise alone proves that one can truly joke about anything. Word of warning: the jokes do tend to be on the dark side, and though the amount of gore is limited, der Tatortreiniger is definitely not suitable for minors or those of a sensitive disposition.
The Dark Frontier is thrilling ride through the Weird West: a world which feels both excitingly familiar and exquisitely strange. Anyone who feels slightly bored by more traditional western stories will find plenty to enjoy in this new collection of genre-bending writing.
Self-publishing is often frowned upon, seen as a vanity exercise that removes the gatekeeper function of traditional publishers and releases floods of drivel onto an already saturated media landscape. My own opinion is a bit more nuanced. I think publishing and self-publishing can easily exist together. Indie and DIY approaches have long been common in other creative sectors, such as music and film. And with everyone broadcasting themselves on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, I can’t see why self-publishing my thoughts in book form would be a weird or embarrassing thing to do.
Never mind the pubs reopening, I thought as I was watching the news. It’s the library I’m excited about. As expected the experience wasn’t quite what it used to be. With face masks, a one way system and a limited assortment of books available things didn’t feel like they’d gone back to normal. But I’ve stumbled upon a real gem. I always love it when that happens.
I don’t know if it’s typical for Norwich, but the people here tend to leave items they no longer need… Read more Lost and Found: On Reading Books from the Street
After everything else I had planned for this Spring got cancelled, I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to present at the BAAS Digital Dialogues series. Basically a virtual version of the BAAS Annual Conference, which was due to run in Liverpool in April this year, the Digital Dialogues allow academics to share their ideas in a virtual environment to benefit from each other’s feedback and generate new ideas.
The Gray Man of Smoke and Shadows is brief, shocking, and action-packed. An intense reading experience that feels like a vicious jab in the throat and left me wanting more.