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This is also going to be the summer where I start and finish Middlemarch. I always meant to read it. It could not be more relevant now.

Football is the fullest expression of predator capitalism. Fifa is where we are all headed. We are spending our holiday in a French village at the foot of Mont Ventoux that is sleepy all year but gets filled with cyclists every summer, eager to tackle the mountain. I plan to sit and applaud them while reading a stash of hardbacks. No room for clothes in the suitcase. Just a hat, sundress and flip-flops. Julia Blackburn has a talent for choosing esoteric and intriguing subject matter.

I have always had a resistance to Trollope. I shall try Can You Forgive Her? And I shall be in deepest west Somerset — where else would anyone want to be?


The madness he witnessed at partition and the trauma he went through turned him into a helpless alcoholic and brought an early death at the age of But the same pain also transformed Manto into a short story writer whose work can be mentioned in the same breath as Chekhov, Gogol and Maupassant. Bombay Stories and Selected Stories.

This extraordinary biography recreates the life and passions of Renaissance Rome like no other book I have ever read. I detest holidays and have to be dragged off on them; books are the only consolation.

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My trip this summer is to meet a new nephew. This summer, unusually, we are staying in Scotland and having a few short sojourns, one of which is to the Three Chimneys on Skye, a culinary and sensory treat — so I recommend the eponymous cookbook. When he won the prize John Spurling said his novel had been rejected by 44 publishers.

Oh what they missed. We shall be in Italy, near Montalcino. The never-finished classic is going to be Proust.

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Who among us can put a hand up and say: Dreamy, prolix, funny — Proust is not intended to be finished. They hit you with a force the moment you happen upon them. I imagine Berlin and Hurston could have been great friends if times had allowed. My nonfiction treat would be Growing Citrus: The series is ravishingly illustrated, botanically accurate and evocative of childhood. Oh, reading in the summer garden — what bliss. Her predictions are coming true day by day. I may spend my holiday hanging out in underpasses, offering drugs in exchange for Book Two of the Neapolitan trilogy.

I think it will do my soul some good. I want something really fat and satisfying and provincial and this is it. No comfort blankets on the beach for me. I loved his novel Resistance Faber , another counterfactual, incidentally. It is a summer to indulge my obsessions. Second book is about the most productive British football team of all time, my beloved Arsenal: I was looking at a slew of Penguin central European classics in my local Oxfam bookshop window when two young workmen in hi-vis vests and helmets stopped outside and one of them started pointing at the pile of books I was holding.

I opened the door and asked, which one? I like the way she does tricksterish and vigorous things with old stories. I will also pack Ave Maria by Sinan Antoon. His voice has a very funny peculiar, refreshing and intriguing mix of comic irony and metaphysical angst.

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I was gripped by Brooklyn Penguin, Philip Glass is one of my favourite composers: As for a classic, last year at this time in this forum, I declared my intention to finally read Middlemarch. The chafing of the concept album's need for volubility with the song-oriented emphasis on concision means that this band chooses to balance the two modes deftly. Farflung here may let the reverb effects linger a bit on the vocals to somewhat retro effect, which may bother Hawkwind fans less than those of Kyuss.

For me, this slows the drive of the song, easing down the tune by this overlapping effect as the song tries to progress. Yet, this does increase tension before fading into a Middle-Eastern section that sounds as if enunciated from that alien bar scene in Tattooine. The absence of manipulation of the voice, by contrast, for this track serves to concentrate the focus of the band on moving deeper into the locked groove underneath the keyboards.

It moves at a deliberate pace, while the mix emphasizes the rhythm section confidently. Midway, it too glides sideways into a rowdier crowd of anthemic playing and punchier singing. Such transitions, I imagine, in concert must allow for considerable expansion of these carefully composed structures, and here the album may succeed even better in capturing the stratified construction of its songs, which beg for such elaboration and experimentation.

The song ends with clanking that makes its off-ramp flight hesitate almost nostalgically. It takes its time getting its bearings.

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Notes ping for location before the voices return. A science-fiction tale's told, as one might anticipate from the title. The reverb's back, and the Hawkwind attitude of both intense involvement and detached scrutiny of one's feeble attempts to master the universe makes this a fitting conclusion to an album that feels longer than it is.

Alright, well, it appears not a whole lot of people have heard of this band, but luckily my local record store had a copy of their latest album probably the only time they will considering the incredible limitedness of Meteor City releases. Farflung want to emphasize psychedelia as much as they do heaviness.

Kyuss fuzz melds Tab-era Monster Magnet whooziness for an album that doesn't sacrifice heaviness for cerebricity. A very focused affair, when Farflung meander into cosmic jams it is controlled with a gravitational tightness that pulls the solar-flare of the guitar work back to the black hole of their core. Beginning with the space-punk rush of "Unborn Planet" Farflung are indeed ready for take-off. To these ears, this song, as well as heavier moments throughout the album, sounds as though Lemmy never left Hawkwind, and instead opted to take control of the band and combine their spaciness with his need for raw aggression.

Slowly and subtlely, the band begins infusing trancey drone sessions, psychedelic jam-outs, and flat out space-rock disorientation. At times you feel like your listening to something along the lines of a straight-forward Nebula-styled stoner affair. It won't last, but you won't recognize the change or miss what you left on Earth.

On "A Wound in Eternity", tracks are discernable from one another, but only if you are paying the type of attention that albums as such are not meant for. And that is the best thing I can say about "A Wound in Eternity". It is an album that retains a core of rock n' roll craftmanship yet, when it delves into the otherworldly, the listener is still hearing a rock n' roll band. I can't say that about a lot of the other so-called "experimental" bands out there. This is far from the first release from the band, and hopefully not the last.

Possibly this albums awesome power can invoke a meteor to crash down on Coldplay's yacht. Get this album if you are looking for some high times and stellar grooves. Possibly the best if not, one of the the best Farflung efforts to date. I could listen to this CD two or three times in a day when I'm in the mood - it's that good. For starters, I was deeply impressed with "Unborn Planet" and "Endless Drifting Wreck" - two tracks that I would consider to be modern-day Farflung classics. Also like the cosmic overload during "Stella Volo", the awesome "Ix" and "Invencible" - which reminds me of Chrome.

One gets the impression of Sabbath at their most cosmic fused with Hawkwind at their spaced out heaviest. But Farflung still retain the psychedelic edge everyone has come to expect from them: Easily one of Farflung's best albums and a must have for 3rd millennium space rockers. See all 5 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on January 26, There's a problem loading this menu right now.

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