I’m craving distraction and cheerfulness. Not in order to pretend current events are not happening, but in order to nourish my mental health and ensure I’ll continue to be able to support others in the months to come. I’m sure others could use some positive energy too, so I’m sharing my current playlist for everyone to enjoy.
On day two of an almost complete lockdown, with nothing to do and nowhere to go apart from my NHS job, I’m feeling a need to write about literary escapism. My local library shut down indefinitely last Saturday, and although I’ve managed to get a stash of books that’ll last me a few weeks, I’m already missing my trips to pick up new ones. It’s all temporary, of course, and all for a good cause, but I’m probably not the only one for whom life feels rather odd and claustrophobic at the moment.
No one needs me to state that the world is looking a bit odd at the moment. Every day brings… Read more Need some positivity in your life right now? Here are some ideas
I love The Lighthouse. It’s been a while since I was this impressed by a film, or a book, or any work of art. Go and see it if you can, but go easy on the booze. And be nice to seagulls. You’ll find out why soon enough.
@OutpostTheFilm: A Review
For me, Outpost is not really about technology and the great big lights in the sky, but about the place of humanity in relation to them. A theme that should speak to anyone, regardless of your tastes…
Traditional language courses can be time-consuming and expensive. And not everyone learns in the same way. Fortunately there are many fun and free options available for those that are unable and/or unwilling to spend a lot of time and money studying a language.
Set in Seoul and packed with supreme ultraviolence, this novella about a secret vampire organization packs a real punch. Vampires.… Read more Butchers by Todd Sullivan: A Review
I’m not interested in cars, or racing, or a combination of both. I don’t even have a driving license. Imagine that. This is the story of how I came to watch a film about cars, and racing, and fell in love with both.
On Monday I took part in Philosophers at the Cinema, a series of film screenings introduced by a guest speaker with a Q&A afterwards. This season, of which this was the last screening, was devoted to film adaptations of Stephen King novels. After Carrie and The Shining, it was my turn to introduce Misery.
Strange creatures wreaking havoc around a small American town are, of course, nothing new. At least not in horror fiction. Michael Moore offers a refreshing take on a familiar plot with plenty of twists and turns along the way.